Karrion Kross has undoubtedly been one of the most dominant NXT Champions in history, going undefeated on the black and gold brand- despite being a two-time NXT Champion -up until this past Sunday when Samoa Joe dethroned him to become the first-ever three-time champion.
Defeating Kross should have felt like a monumental achievement for any talent, but with the former NXT Champion losing on his RAW debut to Jeff Hardy, then to Keith Lee a matter of weeks later, did Kross’ RAW run diminish the achievement for Samoa Joe? Speaking with Inside The Ropes‘ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy, Joe responded to the question.
“I mean… I’m approaching this question from just a perspective standpoint. I can sit here and say ‘no’ all day long, and really it’s just the perceptions of the fans’ minds. They’re going to make up their own mind. That’s fine. As far as I was concerned, Karrion Kross showed up on Sunday ready to be champion and ready to stay champion. He showed up ready to go and so that was who I was prepared for.
Joe went on to say Kross needs to “re-prioritise” his focus now that he’s moved to the red brand permanently.
“We went out there, we got the job done. And now he’s moved on to RAW. Now he’s got to re-prioritise his focus on RAW, because obviously it’s a rough go up there right now. So I mean, hey, like I said, that perception’s left for the fans. As far as I’m concerned, we got down and that’s all there is to it.”
You can watch Samoa Joe’s victory over Karrion Kross for the NXT Championship during NXT TakeOver 36 on-demand on the WWE Network right now.