Karrion Kross may have debuted a new look on RAW but according to a former WWE star, the gear Kross was wearing was originally pitched for a tag team.
Kross made his debut on RAW while still NXT Champion losing in less than two minutes to Jeff Hardy. Since then he has traded wins with another former NXT Champion Keith Lee before gaining his revenge on Hardy. Following his NXT Title loss at NXT TakeOver: 36 to Samoa Joe, Karrion Kross has debuted a new look on Monday nights that some fans have likened to the Demolition tag team.
However, former WWE star Erick Rowan – now known as Erick Redbeard – has claimed on an episode of the Chairshots to the Cranium podcast that the gear Kross is now wearing was originally meant for him and Luke Harper when they competed as The Bludgeon Brothers:
“I remember the first pitch meeting for it. They showed us pictures of what they wanted The Bludgeon Brothers to look like. I think it’s almost exactly what Karrion Kross is wearing right now. It’s the Demolition leather straps that look like suspenders while you wrestle. We both looked at each other like, ‘No…’ I think that’s when I had a few friends design some things.”
Harper and Rowan wore leather outfits for their run as The Bludgeon Brothers and carried oversize hammers which were intended to do the bludgeoning. The pair held the SmackDown Tag Team Championship as The Bludgeon Brothers which was the only time the duo held tag team gold on the WWE main roster.
Rowan was released from his WWE contract in April 2020, one month after Harper debuted as Brodie Lee in AEW. Brodie Lee tragically lost his life in December 2020 and on the tribute edition of AEW to Lee, Rowan made an appearance to pay his own respects to his fallen partner.