Karrion Kross had a solid run in NXT, where he went on to win the NXT title twice. Unfortunately, his main roster run was far from great in comparison. It seems he was worried about getting released as well.

Karrion Kross’ main roster debut was nothing short of a disaster. This is because he lost to Jeff Hardy in under two minutes while Hardy used the ropes to win. It went downhill from there as well as he was released last month as part of the company’s previous cuts.

While speaking to Renee Paquette on Oral Sessions, Karrion Kross talked about his run on the main roster and admitted that he was worried about getting fired.

When I went up and they asked me to do the match with Jeff and put him over, I was like, ‘Sure, that’s fine.’ I grew up a fan of Jeff and getting to meet him and him being cool was an awesome experience, he’s literally one of the coolest people I’ve ever met. ‘That’s fine.’ One of the agents came to me and was like, ‘there’s a long-term plan for this so don’t sweat it and don’t worry.’ Okay, cool. I do my entrance and get out there. The ref comes to me and goes, ‘Hey, your 10 minute match is down to 90 seconds.’ First time we’re working on television, we don’t really know each other in the ring, our rhythm, they come back from commercial and I’m trying not to laugh. If you go back and watch, I’m smiling, closed mouth, trying to hold it back. As soon as Jeff got in the ring, I snatched him and called what we needed to do and that was it.


When I went back to NXT the next day, I spoke with someone there and I go, ‘look, my biggest fear right now is that there’s a hole being dug for me and I’m nervous that if I’m not permitted to crawl out of it myself and people absolve themselves of the creative situation, I’m not going to be a return of investment, I’m going to get fired. What do you think I should do? Part of this business is doing what you are told.’ My intuition was telling me that everything was off and felt wrong and I felt something bad coming four months before it happened, but everyone I talked to was like, ‘No, everyone loves you. There are no problems,’ but I felt it coming. I tried to, as professionally polite as I could, talk to people in the chain of command and be a good sport.”

Karrion Kross already hinted at his next move after his WWE release, so it remains to be seen what is next in store for Kross. The possibilities really are endless, especially with the connections and friends he already has.

h/t to Fightful

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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