Uhaa who goes by the stage name Apollo Crews started his career in 2009, originally working under the ring name Uhaa Nation, and made his breakthrough in 2011, when he was signed by the Dragon Gate USA promotion. In 2015, Uhaa signed with WWE and was assigned to its developmental brand NXT, where he was given the ring name Apollo Crews.
On April 4, 2016 he was promoted to WWE's main roaster on Raw, in a victory over Tyler Breeze. Crews then entered a feud with The Social Outcasts, defeating each member of the stable.
The 28-year-old from Sacramento, California, made his first televised appearance on the May 6 episode of of NXT.