Mr. Hughes on training WWE Smackdown’s Apollo Crews and using an “old school” training style

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The training and growth of Apollo Crews: “Anyone that teaches or trains anyone and they see them on television it’s a rush and also to a blessing because I am a believer in all (my) students that have passed through me and they’ve been blessed too. Of course a lot of hard work went into that on his (Crews) part. When he first came to me to be a professional wrestler he knew that everybody does research and if you are smart and you really want to make it in this business, you have to do research and try to find the right school and if it is the right place for you to get the things (the tools) you need to go further in the sport that we do and he did that. He came and saw me, he was determined from day one and I already knew he was going to be good because it didn’t take him long to learn. I would show him one time and he’d have it. I like training people like that (especially) big people because I can relate to that since I was a big guy. I like training good athletic people and he is one good athlete there is no doubt about it as you can see on television as he is doing his thing.”

The athleticism of Apollo Crews: “I was a big man in the wrestling business. I was over 370lbs so on top of all that 370lbs. I was a good athlete, I played football, I ran track and I wrestled in High School so I was a good athlete on top of that with the wrestling part. He was kind of the same. He was a big guy that was a good athlete. Like I stated earlier, I love training big guys because I used to be a big guy and I can show them stuff that is going to make them stand out as a big person. Normally, you see a big guy who is out there pounding, kicking and stomping because that is about all they can do is squeeze and squash you. I was pretty much telling him that I’m going to train you the way I do my thing and you put your own twist to it later. The most important things I was teaching him were impressive to people were the dropkicks and the dropkick is one of my main things, you dropkick a guy in the skull not in the body.”

Training the “old school” style: “I’ve been in wrestling for thirty years and I am old school all the way and I don’t care what they do on television, I am just old school to the dirt and that is the way I teach because old school is where it’s at and you cannot bury old school and think wrestling is going to survive. You’ve got to keep training people the “old school style” of wrestling. With Moose and Nation (Crews) and all my students that are out there and there are thousands of them but when I see my students prospering like Apollo, Moose, Heath Slater, Jonathan Gresham and all these different guys I’ve trained and it is all because they have been taught right and that is the most important thing about professional wrestling.”


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