Karrion Kross moved to the WWE Raw roster on July 19th and has made his home on the red brand in the months since. He has now spoken about the differences between his time on the main roster and in NXT.
Kross made his debut on NXT in April 2020 alongside his manager, Scarlett. He quickly rose to prominence on the then black and gold brand and became the NXT Champion at TakeOver XXX on August 22nd of the same year. Unfortunately, an injury meant he had to relinquish the title only a few days later and take several months off. He returned in December and made his way back to the main event scene over the following months before finally regaining the NXT Championship at Stand and Deliver on April 8th, 2021.
When he began appearing on Raw, Kross was still the NXT Champion and kept the title until TakeOver 36 where Samoa Joe defeated him to capture the gold.
Speaking on ‘Table Talk‘, Kross compared the way Raw runs in comparison to NXT, saying that NXT “felt more concrete” while a lot of things “are changing moment to moment” on Raw.
“It’s a completely different experience in the way that the show runs. The CWC, the day felt, in terms of how the show was laid out, felt very premeditated in terms of the direction we knew we were going to be going and everything was spaced out with time allotted. It just felt more concrete whereas with Raw, there are so many moving parts and a lot of things that are changing moment to moment. Being able to adapt and change on the fly, I don’t want to necessarily say it was hard, it’s more fun. I enjoy stuff like that and don’t mind pressure whatsoever. Sometimes when you’re backstage, certain things like time stuff gets extended or cut or things like that. For me, it’s been really fun. I don’t necessarily know if I observe the transition from NXT to Raw as necessarily hard or easy, it’s just in general a really cool learning experience. To see how many people in comparison to CWC to Raw in terms of staff, there are wires around the entire place. How many people come together every Monday to put that show together from the ground up is incredible. It’s very inspiring to see that many people working on that show. That’s how I observe all of it. It is a totally different experience.”
While Karrion Kross got off to a shaky start on Raw, being defeated in under two minutes by Jeff Hardy in his debut match, he has since been on an impressive winning streak. In his most recent match, on September 27th, Kross made short work of Jaxson Ryker, getting the victory in under two minutes.
H/T to Fightful for the above transcription