Former NXT Champion Karrion Kross has spoken out about his lack of opportunities when it comes to the brand’s top prize and how he’s not remotely frustrated.
When Kross defeated Keith Lee to capture the NXT Championship at NXT TakeOver XXX on August 22, 2020, it seemed like the black and gold brand had found a new headline star only weeks after his initial debut. However, disaster struck for the star when he suffered a shoulder injury during said bout and was forced to vacate the title.
After five months out of action, Kross returned to the hunting ground but didn’t seem to bother about the title he never lost and instead chose to go after Damian Priest and most recently NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar.
While fans scratched their heads at why the powerhouse would choose to sit on the sidelines while NXT Champion Finn Balor defended against the likes of Kyle O’Reilly and Pete Dunne, many speculated that Kross must be greatly frustrated at seeing others take the spot they believed he should have returned to.
Now, Karrion Kross has spoken to FOX Sports about his role in the NXT Championship picture and why he feels no frustration at all about where he currently sits on the roster:
“No. Not necessarily, because I believe—I guess pun intended—timing is everything. Timing is everything and I believe that there’s a right time and a right place to do things.
I see, literally, every single day online, fans have been asking for me to go after the belt. They want me to officially take it back. And, again, it’s always very flattering to just see that interest and to see that people want me to get back on that road so we can see where that was going to lead. I have every single intention to do that, but they’re going to appreciate when I decide to do it more than just doing it immediately and I’ll leave it at that.”
With Irishman Finn Balor currently sat atop the black and gold mountain and with much speculation about the brand’s top prize being defended across the two night WrestleMania 37, Kross showed some interest in his eventual rematch happening on ‘The Grandest Stage of Them All’:
“100%. Yes, I would. I don’t know where that began – whether it was online or if it was Finn’s suggestion through another interview – but people have been creating these pictures where they post the both of us with the WrestleMania background for weeks now. I hope the company is listening to that because there seems to be an interest and a demand for that. So, I hope fans get what they’re looking for, because I’d be more than happy to step up on ‘The Grandest Stage of Them All’ and do that.”
While he awaits his rematch for the NXT Championship, Karrion Kross has been filling his time in a mini-feud with NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar. On the February 24 edition of NXT, the submission machine defeated the Mexican in a No Disqualification Match.
Credit for the interview: FOX Sports
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.