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What should the WWE Universe make of Apollo Crews?

Originally tabbed as one of the company’s up-and-comers by way of a successful NXT career, Crews’ WWE tenure has stalled as of late. Despite the fact that Crews has remained alongside Titus O’Neil under the umbrella of “The Titus Brand,” no notable storyline has emerged from such an angle at this time. While “The Titus Brand” memorably led Akira Tozawa to a WWE Cruiserweight Championship — albeit it was a brief reign — Crews has yet to become so fortunate while his largest role has come in opposition of Dolph Ziggler, who has hit somewhat of a rough patch of his own as of late.

Sure, working alongside someone of Ziggler’s caliber did hold over Crews as a WWE superstar momentarily, but such a rivalry amounted to nothing more than back-and-forth wins and losses on the under card. However, ever since that rivalry came and went earlier in the year, Crews has been demoted to jobber work while most recently coming up short against Samoa Joe in his return to Monday Night Raw. Prior to that, he suffered defeats at the hands of Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, Elias and Braun Strowman while his biggest victory came against the best loser of them all, Curt Hawkins.

While Crews will surely be forced to wait until at least the conclusion of the Survivor Series slate to encounter anything noteworthy, one angle that may fit the mold here is shedding O’Neil as his manager and teaming up with him en route to emerging as a force within the Monday Night Raw tag-team division.

Because Crews can always go back to singles competition, wrestling alongside O’Neil could provide him with the boost he needs to get the ball rolling. Despite the fact that Crews would certainly serve as the less popular of the two initially, O’Neil’s previous tag-team experience could help carry a storyline further than one may expect. If you remember, O’Neil and the recently released Darren Young led the WWE tag-team division while working together as The Prime Time Players. Not only did the tandem have a successful run as partners, but O’Neil and Young ultimately became the WWE Tag-Team Champions by beating The New Day at Money In The Bank.

Yes, this would certainly aid the development of Crews and his character, but it would also help O’Neil as well. Perhaps this win-win scenario can come into fruition following the culmination of November 19’s Survivor Series pay-per-view.

Joe Nocco is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, born and raised in the New York area. Previously a contributor to SB Nation, Football.com and his own website titled Joe Nocco Sports, among others, Nocco has experience covering a variety of sports having specialized in content surrounding the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. You can follow Nocco at @JoeNoccoFRS on Twitter.

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