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Killer Kross To Face Minoru Suzuki In NJPW Debut

Karrion Kross, Killer Kross

Killer Kross is set to make his New Japan Pro Wrestling debut in April after calling out Minoru Suzuki.

The man formerly known as Karrion Kross has been on a mission to rebuild his career since being released by WWE in November 2021. To date that journey has taken him to Control Your Narrative and Major League Wrestling, but he seemingly has new destination on his mind.

In a short video clip, Kross has confirmed that he will be heading to New Japan to make his debut with the company on April 1st at Lonestar Shootout. Not only that, he’ll be sharing the ring with Japanese legend Minoru Suzuki.

“Good evening my name is Killer Kross, it wasn’t a name I chose. However, it was a name given to me by people as a reflection of the pain, damage, and suffering I inflicted on competitors inside the ring and perhaps also outside of it. A new beginning is emerging ladies and gentlemen, and with every new beginning, there must be an end. Mr. Suzuki, The King of Pro Wrestling, it’s time for you and I to meet face-to-face. This begins with you. New Japan Pro-Wrestling, tick-tock,”

In February 2020 it was announced that Killer Kross, had signed with WWE. After heading to NXT alongside his partner Scarlett Bordeaux, the star won the NXT Championship twice.

Kross was called up to the main roster in the summer of 2021, although he failed to recapture the momentum that had carried him during his time on the black and gold brand. Despite being repackaged, Kross and Scarlett were among a number of releases from the company on November 4th.

The star has since said that potential matches with the likes of Roman Reigns were discussed during his time with WWE.

Speaking with Inside The Ropes’ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy for Issue 18 of Inside The Ropes Magazine, Kross said that he needs to wrestle Reigns before he retires.

H/t to Fightful for the transcription.