#AndNEW: Apollo Crews Wins WWE United States Championship

Apollo Crews

For months now, Apollo Crews has had his momentum disrupted and derailed by Zelina Vega‘s stable of WWE United States Champion Andrade, Angel Garza, and (briefly) Austin Theory. From interference to injury (which forced him out of this year’s Money in the Bank match), it seems like they have thwarted any chance Crews had of moving up the ladder. But on Monday night, Apollo Crews had the last laugh, defeating Andrade and ending his 151-day reign as US Champion, and collecting his first piece of gold since signing with WWE in 2015.

It marks a huge victory for Crews, who was fast-tracked to the main roster from NXT, debuting in 2016 after less than a year in WWE’s developmental at the time. Years of stutters and starts have finally paid off for the man formerly known as Uhaa Nation on the international independents, and he now starts his first official reign as a WWE champion.

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