So, this week on RAW, unless I missed it, Sheamus was a non-factor. Apollo was on, but only in a backstage segment talking to Big Show, riffing on all the different eras and what not.
So are we looking at what may be a rather uninspiring Sheamus/Crews feud? It sure looks that way.
Here’s the thing. In my eyes, this feud wouldn’t hurt either man. But I’m not so sure it helps either man, either. Yes, Sheamus has recently held the WWE title, and has done so on a number of occasions. But he’s not a mega-star, and even as the champion, no one saw him as a main eventer. He’s not really on the level of Rollins, Reigns, Cena et al. It’s true, even if it might be painful. So for Crews, you get to work with a former champion, a decent enough talent, but one who might not figure in the long range planning of WWE. Not that there’s been speculation, mind you. It’s just that Sheamus is so easy to forget.
Which is the part that bugs me. Apollo Crews seems to be a very intriguing talent. Though he never won an NXT title, he’s got the look of a future champion. He’s big, but he’s quick and he’s agile and very fluid. It’s easy to understand why WWE talent evaluators wanted him on the main roster. Which is why I can’t help but wonder if he’d be better off in a different feud. But with who? This is the challenging part, and honestly folks, I am at a loss. I would think put him up against a big guy (like Show) to showcase his power. Put him up against one of the more mobile big men (like Kane, even in decline) to show off how well Apollo moves and handles the big guys. But neither of those examples moves the needle for me either.
I would say, if I were Apollo, depending on what happens after my program with Sheamus, I might be a bit concerned. Because right out of the gate, it feels like Creative doesn’t know what to do with him or how to showcase him. And given his talent, that’s a bit concerning.
I think Crews has a bright future. I just hope Creative maximizes his potential, and it’s not going to be fighting Sheamus.