Sesugh Uhaa is a 33-year-old professional wrestler from Sacramento, California. He is a high-flying powerhouse who wrestles under the ring name, Apollo Crews, for the WWE. He currently performs on Friday Night SmackDown and is the Intercontinental Champion in his first reign.
Uhaa grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and was a huge wrestling fan in his younger years. He was a big fan of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock and Kurt Angle. Uhaa attended a military high school and participated in numerous sports including amateur wrestling, soccer, football and track and field.
After he participated in a tryout seminar held by Dragon Gate USA promotion, Uhaa was immediately signed by the company. He also competed in many different promotions such as Dragon Gate USA, Full Impact Pro, Great Championship Wrestling (GCW).
Apollo Crews’ WWE Debut
In 2014, Uhaa participated in a tryout camp for the WWE and was signed to a developmental contract with the company. He joined the Performance Center in the spring of 2015 and made his first televised appearance on NXT in May under the ring name, Uhaa Nation. In August, NXT announced that his new ring name would be Apollo Crews and his first televised NXT debut would be at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn in August.
At NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, Crews defeated Tye Dillinger and went on a winning streak defeating Martin Stone and Tyler Breeze. Crews won a NXT battle royal in October becoming the number one contender for the NXT Championship. Crews received his title shot against Finn Bálor in November but won by disqualification when Crews was attacked by Baron Corbin.
Apollo Crews’ Main Roster Debut
Crews made his main roster debut in a winning match against Tyler Breeze in April 2016. Three months later, Crews became the number one contender to the Intercontinental Championship. Crews received his title shot at SummerSlam but lost to the Miz. In 2017, Crews was moved to RAW as part of the SuperStar Shake-up.
In April 2019, Crews was drafted back to SmackDown after the SuperStar Shake-up and he participated in a 51-man battle royal that was won by Mansoor. At Crown Jewel in October, Crews also competed unsuccessfully in a 20-man battle royal.
Crews was drafted back to RAW in April 2020 and one month later, he won his first ever WWE Championship title defeating Andrade for the United States Championship. His reign lasted 97 days when he was defeated by Bobby Lashley at PayBack.
Apollo Crews Drafted to SmackDown
In October 2020, Crews was drafted back to the SmackDown brand and two months later, he began a storyline with Big E. Crews helped Big E win the Intercontinental Championship on December 25, 2020. Big E then issued an open challenge for the title, which Crews immediately accepted. This match ended in a draw and Crews teased a heel turn by slapping Big E after the match and constantly asked for rematches. On the February 19th episode of SmackDown, after losing to Shinsuke Nakamura, Crews attacked Nakamura and Big E, confirming his heel turn, the first in his WWE career.
Apollo Crews then debuted a new character where he declared himself Nigerian royalty, began to speak with a Nigerian accent in his promos in order to “embrace who he really is” and began coming to the ring with a spear and two Nigerian “elite guards”. Apollo Crews faced Big E at the Fastlane pay-per-view for the Intercontinental title but was unsuccessful.
On the April 2nd episode of Smackdown, Crews challenged Big E to a Nigerian Drum Fight match at WrestleMania 37 which Big E accepted. At WrestleMania 37, Crews defeated Big E with the help of Commander Azeez to win the Intercontinental title for the first time in his career.
Birth Name: Sesugh Uhaa
Born: August 22, 1987, Sacramento, California, USA
Height: 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight: 240 lb (110 kg)
Spouse: Linda Palonen
Ring Name(s): Apollo, Apollo Crews, Uhaa Nation
Current Roster: WWE SmackDown
Finishing Move(s): Spinning Sit-out Powerbomb
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Career Championships and Accomplishments
- Dragon Gate:
- Open the Twin Gate Championship (1 time)
- Full Impact Pro:
- FIP Florida Heritage Championship (1 time)
- Great Championship Wrestling:
- GCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Preston City Wrestling:
- PCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- WWE United States Championship (1 time)
- Intercontinental Championship (1 time, current)