Karrion Kross has lifted the lid on the inspiration for his new main roster ring gear.
After arriving on Monday Night Raw in July, Karrion Kross was quickly given a new look. The former NXT Champion’s new attire featured straps across his chest and a mask worn during his entrance. This was on to of the ‘gladiator style’ trucks that the Superstar has been wearing since defeating Finn Balor in April.
Appearing on Table Talk, Kross explained the concept behind his updated look.
“I’m not entirely sure at this point,” he said when asked who came up with the mask. “I had received a briefing about, I guess it was a creative team conversation, a series of people attempting to expand on the original concept that was presented during NXT. I guess it was a team of people. The direction I think they were attempting to go in was essentially a gladiator idea. I had introduced the lower body gear at NXT when I competed against Finn Balor to get the title back. My original concept was like, this feels like what the coliseum days would be like. We’re in a circular area with people around. With the character presentation of Karrion Kross and the development, this wasn’t just a regular match people were getting into. Win or lose, you might not be coming out the same way. I was attempting to project that sort of energy into it. What they wanted to do when I was coming up was play off of that. That’s where we’re at with it.”
After Kross debuted with defeat to Jeff Hardy on July 19th, he has since only been defeated once, racking up an impressive winning streak. The two-time NXT Champion last appeared on the September 27th edition of Raw where he made short work of Jaxson Ryker, pinning his rival in under two minutes.
On the most recent episode of the red brand Kross was drafted to Raw.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.