The Apollo crew debuted a unique new gimmick on episode 9/20 of “NXT 2.0”.
During the closing stages of the Grayson Waller vs. Oro Mensa match, Crews was suddenly seen in the ringside area with a bloody-looking tear coming down his cheek, shook Waller in the process, and a lariat for Mensa to hit. There was enough distraction. On Waller for the pinfall win.
Waller had previously targeted Crews’ eye during their match on August 30. After being stabbed in the eye by Waller, Crews exited the ring to be checked in by the trainers in the middle of the match. As Crews continued to sell the eye injury, Waller would eventually take a pinfall victory with a stunner. After the match, Waller continued to attack Crews’ eye before hitting his finishing move. It appears that Angle was taken from WWE TV to write the crew.
The Crew vs. Waller rivalry began on episode 8/9 of “NXT 2.0”, where the brutal Australian approached Crew and accused him of replacing a young wrestler on WWE’s developmental show. Waller mentioned how the rest of the locker room crew was afraid to truthfully kill, but he wasn’t. “You’re not welcome here,” Waller said to the crew as the two men exchanged words. Crews would react with a smile, while informing Waller that he was not going anywhere, implying that his move from the main roster to “NXT” was not temporary.
It remains to be seen whether bloody tears are actually part of Crews’ new character. The veteran wrestler has been part of the “NXT 2.0” brand since early June. While he initially faced “NXT” Champion Braun Brecker, Crews has feuded with people like Waller, Giovanni Vinci, Zion Quinn, and Roderick Strong since his arrival in “NXT 2.0.”