It was previously reported that WWE changed Apollo Crews’ name to just Apollo and it was immediately changed on their roster section at WWE.com as well. His name on Twitter also reflects this change. WWE had recently aired an angle with Titus Worldwide creating the “Crews Can’t Lose” catchphrase for him.
As we all know, shortening names is nothing new in WWE as Elias (Samson), Big E (Langston), (Antonio) Cesaro, (Adrian) Neville, (Alexander) Rusev and many others are now billed differently than when they were first introduced. The names are usually changed because Vince McMahon feels that they sound better shortened. However, there appears to be another reason for the change to Apollo Crews’ name.
According to a report by Sportskeeda, WWE confirmed in an email that the change was done due to a tragic high school shooting that happened last Wednesday in Parkland, Florida. The gunman known as 19 year-old Nikolas Cruz killed 17 students and teachers with an AR-15 rifle. WWE apparently wanted to avoid any connection to the name Cruz despite the spelling being different, and the decision was made by Vince McMahon to drop Apollo’s last name.

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