WWE Superstar Shake-Up REcreative: A Successful APOLLO Mission

So we are less than 24 hours from Night 1 of the Superstar Shake-up. The “red brand” made out very well on this deal receiving a cornucopia of talent ranging from pre-show darlings, women on a path to success, some established heels and a midcard champion. I wanted to take this time to focus on one acquisition in particular.


The first “shake-up” of the night came before RAW even started. It was announced on WWE.com that RAW had acquired Apollo Crews from Smackdown. This trade surprised me because up to this point WWE hasn’t known what to do with Mr. Crews. So this move can mean 1 of 2 things; either they will be shuffling this gentleman back and fourth without purpose until his contract runs out or he will actually be given a spot on the flagship show. I am honestly hoping for the latter. Apollo Crews is a very talented wrestler with amazing skills in the ring but he doesn’t possess the skills to get the casual fans to follow and invest in him.

So some people would suggest he needs a manager but in this current climate of WWE good ones are hard to find. I have seen the suggestion around the web that Paul Heyman would work. This is the thing wtih Heyman. He IS WITHOUT A DOUBT one of the best managers in the business but he does have a rocky track record when you look at his recent clients. Heyman has had five clients in the last several years (Brock Lesner, CM Punk, Cesaro, Ryback and Curtis Axel). 2 out of those 5 would be deem a success, those would be Lesner and Punk. What they have in common is a history with Heyman behind the curtain as much as they did in the ring. Heyman was the one that believed in these men and the stars they could be and eventually developed into. He had a vested interest in their success. Axel and Ryback were merely stepping stones in the eventual Brock Lesner vs CM Punk marquee match-up at Summerslam 2013. And when you look at Cesaro he was in a very similar spot that Apollo Crews sits now; a physical dynamo that could not get the crowd to pop if he set their seats on fire. So Heyman is not going to solve this problem unless he is the one with the matches.

This is where my creative plans comes in. On the April 3rd, 2017 we saw the debut of The Revival when they came in and decimated The New Day. They made a statement by “injuring” Kofi Kingston and putting him on the shelf. The next week they took on Big E and Xavier Woods. Again they made a statement. So what I purpose is Dash& Dawson come out next week on RAW saying they are not done with the NEW DAY. They go on to say that they are not looking for pin falls they are here to put people on the shelf. Xavier and Big E come out and tell Dash & Dawson they aren’t hard to find. We get a heated match. In the middle of the match they have Big E down and handcuff him to the ropes. They knock Xavier Woods out and lock his legs up to deliver the stomp from the top rope, exactly how they took Kofi Kingston out. The refs come out they get Xavier Woods and Big E to the back. Woods is screaming in pain getting wheeled into an ambulance and as Big E is climbing in with him Apollo Crews is scene looking on in concern.

The next week Big E comes out he says he is fine representing the POWER OF POSITIVITY alone and there is nothing The Revival can do. He continues by saying at  Payback they are going to see that. He says that he already talked to our New GM and got his match, a 2-on-1 handicap match. Out comes Dash with Dawson and we have a singles match. Big E would control the match forcing Dash outside of the ring multiple times to regroup. Finally through frustration Dash & Dawson jump Big E causing a disqualification. Big E would rally back forcing the Revival to flee leading us into Payback with Big E looking strong.

Payback arrives and we have Big E vs The Revival in a 2-on-1 Tag Handicap match. This one goes exactly how one would imagine with Big E holding his own at the beginning but due to underhanded tactics The Revival would take the upper hand. After finishing Big E with the Shatter Machine for the 1-2-3. The attack doesn’t end there. As Dawson locks the legs up and Dash goes to climb to the top to take out the last member of the New Day Apollo Crews comes out and clears the ring. As Dash & Dawson stand outside the ring yelling back Apollo would then drop them with a diving attack to the outside taking them both out causing a retreat by The Revival as he [Apollo Crews] helps Big E to his feet.

This would lead to the teaming of Big E and Apollo Crews. With Big E’s charisma the WWE Universe would slowly see a charisma rub on Crews’ character. This is exactly what Apollo needs. Big E is more than a manager Big E is a crowd favourite. By having Apollo save and befriend Big E he absorbs the popularity of the New Day that was seen to be lost when Kingston and Woods were hurt. Now the best thing at this point is to have The Revival continue the feud with Big E & Crews. They could run in on their matches against other teams or even address each other through promos. Eventually when they do face-off I would have Woods outside the ring with crutches. Somehow have him assist with a win over The Revival. This causes a rift. Apollo doesn’t want to win in this way and you see a divide starting.

Eventually Woods returns first from his injury. He is visably bothered by Apollo Crews but Big E is doing a good job patching all visable problems. This would move into Apollo & Big E building a winning streak (sometimes with the unknown help of Xavier on the outside) and lead them to a Tag Team Title program. They ultimatley win the titles and during a celebration we see the return of Kofi Kingston. 

Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods are on the mics. They congratualte Big E for holding it down while they were gone. Totally ignoring Apollo Crews you can see Big E getting awkward. He jumps on the mic and says its good to have his borthers back in the ring but he couldnt have down this without Apollo. Woods starts laughing. He makes the claim that they wouldn’t be holding the titles with out his help. Apollo gets rattled and gets in Woods’ face. As Big E pulls him back Kofi and Xavier land a double kick over Big E’s shoulder taking Apollo out. As Big E begs and plees with them they turn shrug at each other like “why not” and take out Big E. We witness the END OF THE NEW DAY as a trio.

“The Aftermatch”

This can lead in to multiple stories; the obvious Tag Team Title feud of The “New” New Day vs Big Apollo. This could go for at least 2 pay-per-views. And then when it is played out you have the eventual heel turn of Apollo Crews on Big E. Big E has the potential for a great singles run but first will need to shed his associates. Through this Apollo gets a new look with a heel New Day or goes off on his own as the man who is sick of helping people and getting no further for it. 

All in all this makes sense. The New Day is becoming stale but still has enough crowd power that they can help a star that needs it. You create branches of the storyline that can build within each other which WWE wouldn’t accomplish by just adding a fourth member. Big E and Apollo have enough of a similarity in style that they compliment each as a Tag Team and because Xavier and Kofi act as the current mouthpieces they are already making Big E look like the odd man out.

With one storyline you can easily turn this into multiple organic stories giving the superstars so many creative ways to take it. 

Wrestlemania 33 REcreated: Runners-Up & the Honourable Mentions


So we are days away from the “Showcase of the Immortals”. This is something that as wrestling fans we wait for yearly. It not only concludes our year (or “season” if you will) but within 24 hours it sets the tone and direction of storylines for the next year. Over the past few posts I have chosen a handful of matches that I tweaked in order to properly conclude open stories but also give us a new direction for the participants. I know there are some matches I have missed. Those matches will be addressed with this post and hopefully I will show you the reader a direction for each wrestler involved. As well as making mention to a few matches I believe we’re missed opportunities.
1. Andre the Giant Battle Royal 

This match has now become a staple on the card. As of yet we have not seen this match or its winners getting the hype they deserve. So for this year I believe we should have seen a series of stories intertwined within the match. Examples of this would be the current battles between Sami Zayn vs Samoa Joe or even Dolph Ziggler vs Apollo Crews. That way we become invested in this match. As for a winner I would like to see one of the following 3 men win it; Sami Zayn, Braun Stroman or Samoa Joe. Instantly the winner whomever that will be should become a major player on his brand. If they are going to continue this match yearly WWE should invest in it more. We are entering its fourth instalment and it’s already a pre-show match no one is excited for. 
2. Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match 

As I spoke of in my article Wrestlemania 33 Recreated: RAW Tag Title Match the current Tag Team scene of both brands is lacklustre. I would say this is more the case with Smackdown over RAW. American Alpha is a team that has promise and booked right could be a marquee team caring the future of Tag Team Wrestling. So at Elimination Chamber they [American Alpha] defeated every team in a Tag Team Turmoil Match. This solidified them as the top team and clearing the road for a new challenger. That’s where the call up of The Revival from NXT comes in. These are two teams that not only have history but within that history they stole the show (in my opinion) at last years NXT Takeover: Dallas during Wrestlemania Weekend. The booking for this could last months or even be repeated throughout the year. You may even see a triple feud with these teams and The Usos that could be compared to the feud featuring The Hardys, Edge & Christian and The Dudleys during the Attitude Era. Obviously this feud would be more on the technical side. 
3. The Intercontinental Championship Match 

This match needs very little tweaking as I believe they did an amazing job at the beginning. Once we were past that I felt they dropped the ball. After Baron Corbin made the case of Dean Ambrose taking away every chance of success he had there should have been more substance. I want to see it get really personal. This would also be a perfect chance for Ambrose to reinvent himself as a true lunatic. The more Corbin pushes Ambrose the closer he gets to snapping and then finally have him get very intense during their match. It just seems since loosing the WWE Title Ambrose has resorted to being more of a comedy act than a lunatic. Corbin is the perfect opponent to push Ambrose. Have Ambrose go over at Wrestlemania but Corbin finish the feud on top with the belt at the next PPV.
4. United States Championship Match

Now for any readers out there that have read my post Wrestlemania 33 REcreated: Championships & Legacies you know that I had Sami Zayn win the United States Title at Fastlane with an assist by Kevin Owens in away that had Zayn completely unaware of the assist. The following night on RAW Zayn would come out and call out Mick Foley. He would give a speech about earning his spot in the WWE and wanting to earn his first title win and in conclusion relinquishing the title. Foley would say he understands and would give Sami a chance to win that title fair and square. Stephanie comes out and says Foley doesn’t make this decision because she has already made the decision that there will be an 8-Man tournament culminating at Wrestlemania. This would lead into Sami Zayn facing competition like Mark Henry as well as The Big Show and finding a way to win. On the other side of the bracket Samoa Joe would be demolishing Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel. This would lead to Samoa Joe vs Sami Zayn for the United States Title. As for the finish it should be booked to have Sami Zayn fighting with everything he has but at the end Stephanie finds a way to screw him over having Samoa Joe still winning in a big way. This gives Samoa Joe his first belt and at the next PPV Rollins can cost Joe the title giving Zayn the title and setting up a program with Rollins and Samoa Joe.

5. Smackdown Women’s Championship Match 

This is the perfect opportunity to push the envelope with the Women’s Revolution. Every year Wrestlemania features a multi-person ladder match and I think this would be a perfect year to leave this one to the women. With RAW’s Women Division slightly overshadowing the Smackdown women this would give them their own spotlight on the grandest stage. This also is such a healthy mix of styles that it gives the opportunity for some amazing spots and a very memorable Wrestlemania moment. With six superstars announced already it wouldn’t be difficult to round up to 8 with the edition of Tamina Snuka and Emma. I would have Alexa Bliss retain with some sort of double cross over Mickie James. I think a program with a veteran like James would truly elevate Bliss further. 
6. HHH vs Seth Rollins

I have nothing bad to say about this match or the booking. Reason for this was the unforeseen injury to Rollins. Hypothetically Rollins vs Samoa Joe would have been at Fastlane. If this was the case I would have had a DQ finish with Samoa Joe and HHH brutalizing Rollins. HHH could then make the case on RAW that he has officially ridded the WWE of their “Rollins problem”. Rollins would then come out with a Sledge Hammer taking out Samoa Joe and HHH. He would make a comment how HHH would have to put him on a stretcher permanently to get rid of him setting up for their match at Wrestlemania as a Stretcher Match. Just like their match at Wrestlemania now there would be plenty of violent spots with Rollins ultimately going over strong but finishing with Samoa Joe getting involved.
7. The Undertaker vs Roman Reigns

This is a match that I honestly think has the most possibility. I just feel that it had the possibility of appearing more organic but was rushed. At Fastlane WWE threw away allot of the “monster” build of Stroman with no benefit. The ending could have came with Stroman being dropped by multiple Superman Punches and Spears and right before the pin a gong sounds Reigns is distracted and leads to Stroman taking advantage and finishing Reigns. The next night have Reigns call out the Undertaker and then build it from their. Show The Undertaker clearing getting to Roman Reigns and continue having Hall of Famers warning Reigns. At Wrestlemania have Stroman come out after both men have thrown everything at each other and decimate both men. Because it ends in this way it would lead to Reigns taking the WWE Universal Title and have his rematch with Undertaker at Wrestlemania 34 Title vs Career. It would be “Best For Business” if the WWE Universe was made aware of the chance of The Undertaker ending his career at next year’s Wrestlemania. Think about it; James Ellsworth vs Bo Dallas in an Iron Man Match could be your co-main event and you would still sell out if there was a possibility of The Undertaker wrestling his last match on that card.
I want to end this post by wishing all of you a Merry Wrestlemania and a Happy RAW the night after!