NXT star Apollo Crews spoke with The Mirror during the recent NXT tour in the U.K. Here are the highlights.
On working with Samoa Joe:
"It's amazing. It's not every day you get to be in the ring with somebody of that calibre so to be able to have that opportunity is amazing for me. It's a chance to show not just everybody else but myself that I can hang on that level. Sometimes you get caught up in Florida, it gets stressful, and like I said you start taking it like it's an actual job, but being here and working with guys like that... somehow in a weird way you get so relaxed and just let things happen, you know? I think it comes with him being so experienced and coaching me through certain things, the amount of things I've learned from him just these last few days has been really helpful. For me it's a huge opportunity because he is somebody I used to watch before I even got into wrestling. It doesn't even seem that way now, you see certain guys before you get here, and when you get here they become your peers and your friends, so it's weird in that way but amazing at the same time."
On making it to the main roster:
"I wouldn't say NXT is a stepping stone, by no means. I think everybody has certain things they want to accomplish here and of course the goal is main roster, but when you come here, you come here with things you want to accomplish here in NXT. You get here and things start happening. It's definitely not a stepping stone by no means. I think for me personally if you're a wrestler, NXT is where you want to be. From being down at the Performance Center, starting getting on the road more often, travelling to Texas, Brooklyn, Louisville, Sacramento and now the UK, it's just growing and expanding, and more and more people want to be a part of this and more people are getting onboard. The WWE Network is a major outlet for NXT and when you come to a place like this and see the support we're getting, it just shows how big NXT really is."
You can check out the full interview by clicking here.