Following reports that he was set to debut in AEW earlier this year, Killer Kross has opened up on the reasons he decided not to join the company.
Killer Kross – known as Karrion Kross in WWE – was released by WWE in November 2021 along with his wife Scarlett Bordeaux. The pair had been a fixture on the black and gold brand but when Kross debuted on the main roster in the summer of 2021, Scarlett was noticeably absent from the presentation.
In May 2022, Fightful reported that Killer Kross had been set to debut on AEW as part of the ongoing feud between MJF and Wardlow. At the time, MJF was making Wardlow jump through hoops to earn a match with him at Double Or Nothing, with Mr Mayhem being forced to clash with The Butcher, Lance Archer, and AEW debutant W. Morrissey.
The report suggested that Kross was approached first about filling the role that Morrissey took on with a tentative plan put in place for him to work the May 4th edition of Dynamite that was held in Baltimore, Maryland.
The deal was seemingly abandoned when Kross became aware that Scarlett would once again not be by his side for the appearance. It’s said Kross was concerned debuting in that way would have been similar to his ill-fated spell on the WWE main roster where he flew solo previously.
Appearing on a recent edition of the Two Man Power Trip podcast, Killer Kross discussed the conversations he had with AEW President Tony Khan and explained that he decided against joining the company at that time because the idea pitched to him was less than he was capable of doing.
“There was a story that leaked recently about me being in conversations with Tony Khan and AEW. Like, some conversations are meant to be private and I like the guy. I’m not gonna go out there and discuss what was said but, there are a lot of people that upon getting that phone call would just take his money and maybe they’re in a position where they absolutely have to.
“I’m not gonna do that to him. I have too much respect for him and the place and my friends that work there to just take the money and come in and do something that I am absolutely certain in that conversation is less than what I’m actually capable of doing for him and with everybody else. I’d rather be upfront and honest and just say I think that this idea or this concept would be better suited for somebody else.
“I know what I can do and I’m not interested in doing anything less than my best work and it’s like I told you, I’m not in this to do this to set myself up for retirement. It’s not why I’m doing this. I’m doing this because I love it so, I wanna be engaged and really care and be able to feel and know that when people see that I’m gonna be involved in doing something, that it’s gonna be, you know, my best work so, I don’t wanna be pigeonholed by anything so, I’d definitely be interested and open to working there but, in the right setting under the right circumstances.”
Since his departure, Killer Kross has wrestled for various independent promotions as well as making his debut for New Japan Pro Wrestling on April 1st at NJPW STRONG Lonestar Shootout. At the show, he was defeated by Minoru Suzuki.
H/T to Fightful for the above transcription.