Karrion Kross made his main roster debut on the July 19th episode of Monday Night RAW.
Appearing minus his usual partner Scarlett, a short vignette appeared declaring that doomsday was coming. As the action cut back live, Kross began to make his way to the ring. He would soon be joined by Jeff Hardy who came out to his much loved ‘No More Words’ theme to the delight of the packed crowd.
Despite a power disadvantage, and starting on the backfoot, Hardy used his experience to pick up the win. After missing a Swanton Bomb, Hardy managed to reverse Kross in the corner, hitting a Power-bomb on the NXT Champion before pinning him with a little help from the ropes.
The defeat was Kross’ first singles loss since joining WWE early last year.
After the match Kross said that Hardy had made a big mistake, adding that everyone would have to fall and pray.
— WWE (@WWE) July 20, 2021
Speculation had been swirling around the future of the NXT Champion after he appeared backstage at multiple episodes of RAW and SmackDown in recent weeks. Kross had been joined by his partner Scarlett, former NXT North American Champion Bronson Reed and Shotzi Blackheart, who has since debuted on SmackDown.
The two-time NXT Champion also appeared in numerous dark matches on RAW and SmackDown while also defeating Shelton Benjamin on Main Event.
Kross signed with WWE in February 2020 and by August he was already holding the richest prize in NXT. However, it was a moment that was more than a little bittersweet. During his triumph over Keith Lee, Kross separated his shoulder which meant he had to relinquish the gold just a handful of days after winning it.
After giving up his newly won title, Kross immediately set his sights on getting back in the ring. This meant embarking on a “vicious” rehab program which would see him return to action in just three months.
After returning to action, Kross set about regaining the title that he never lost, which was now held by Finn Balor. Karrion Kross defeated Balor at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver to become a two-time champion.
Kross most recently defended his title against Johnny Gargano on the July 13th episode of NXT. It was an episode which ended with the champion choking out special guest referee Samoa Joe.