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Reason Behind Raw Star’s Name Getting Changed

Apollo Crews

• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (February 20, 1984) – WWF MSG House Show

On this day in Pro Wrestling history on February 20, 1984, the World Wrestling Federation held a televised house show in the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.

The Garden was sold out that night with an attendance of 22,092 Fans in the arena.

The results can be found here:

Jose Luis Rivera Def. Charlie Fulton

Iron Mike Sharpe Def. B. Brian Blair

Afa Def. Tony Garea

The Iron Sheik Def. Eddie Gilbert

David Schultz & Roddy Piper Def. Invader I & Invader II

WWF Intercontinental Title
Tito Santana (c) Def. Don Muraco via count out

Andre The Giant Def. The Masked Superstar

WWF World Heavyweight Title
Hulk Hogan (c) Def.Paul Orndorff via count out

Jimmy Snuka Def. Samula

Ivan Putski & Rocky Johnson & Tony Atlas Def. Mr. Fuji & Sergeant Slaughter & Tiger Chung Lee

• Reason Behind Raw Star’s Name Getting Changed

Raw wrestler Apollo Crews’ last name has been dropped and the change was seen on WWE’s website and last night’s Raw.

Apollo now joins the following wrestlers whose names were changed on the WWE main roster:

– (Antonio) Cesaro

– Big E (Langston)

– (Adrian) Neville

– (Alexander) Rusev

– Elias (Samson)

– (Luke) Harper

– (Erick) Rowan

– Apollo (Crews)


Apollo’s name was dropped because of Nikolas Cruz, who killed 17 students and teachers in Parkland, Florida during the high school shooting incident. This move was made by Vince McMahon to avoid any allusion to Cruz (despite Apollo’s last name being spelled differently).

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