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“I Didn’t Understand It” – Ex-WWE Star On Confusing Match With Jeff Hardy

Jeff Hardy makes his entrance at WWE Extreme Rules 2021

Karrion Kross’ debut on WWE’s main roster was infamously terrible for many reasons – Kross has now opened up on his weird encounter with Jeff Hardy!

The 19 July 2021 Monday Night Raw was memorable for a lot of reasons. Nikki A.S.H captured the Raw Women’s Championship after winning the Money in the Bank briefcase just the night before, while Keith Lee and Goldberg both made their return to the red brand.

It would also be the scene of Karrion Kross’ official ascension to the main roster, as the then-NXT Champion debuted to face Jeff Hardy. The match was instantly ridiculed on social media, following Kross not only losing, but doing so in just one minute and forty seconds.

Now again wrestling as Killer Kross, the 36-year-old was a recent guest on the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling when he discussed not understanding the match (h/t Sportskeeda Wrestling):

“It didn’t seem like this was going to produce anything that was gonna provide a strong return. So I just didn’t get it. I didn’t understand it. I went out there and I did my absolute best. I did everything exactly what they asked me to do. I didn’t drag my feet about it, nothing. I try to look on the bright side of everything.”

Karrion Kross wrestled just a handful of Raw matches, debuting a new look along the way, before his shock WWE release on 4 November. He last faced John Morrison during a WWE live event on 10 October, though he hadn’t wrestled on Raw since its 27 September broadcast, defeating Jaxson Ryker.

Despite his failings on the main roster, Karrion Kross was a hit in NXT. A former two-time NXT Champion, Kross was presented in a manner to position him as a top name on either Raw or SmackDown. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be for him in the company.

Kross has since resurfaced on the independent circuit, wrestling for New Japan Pro-Wrestling on its American-based STRONG. He’s also been tied with a debut for All Elite Wrestling, with Kross reportedly set to have been an opponent for Wardlow during his recent series of matches pre-Double or Nothing.