NXT superstar Karrion Kross spoke with TV Insider to talk about his current run with WWE, as well as being able to work with Scarlett, and his Takeover win over Tommaso Ciampa. Highlights are below.
His impression of WWE after meeting with them:
Everything has been outstanding. It’s hard to summarize how much ground we covered in such a short period of time. Everything from my experience has been extremely efficient and professional.
On his creative input to his character on NXT:
I love how you mention characters are a lost art; I feel it’s a lost art as well. I think there is a lot of flexibility that can be exercised in terms of creating something for our viewers. Things don’t always have to be A,B,C in terms of how basic something is. If you want to create something really cool and really special, I don’t believe it’s going to be simple. It’s complex. Complexity takes time. Complexity takes patience. Complexity takes energy. What people are seeing on television in terms of the Karrion Kross presentation has been something I’ve been working at for years. I have been afforded the opportunity of expanding on something that I have been refining for many years. I think that is why it comes off as well as it does, aside from all the people that put the time, energy and patience into helping me create what you see in the ring with Scarlett as well.
Sharing the ring with Scarlett:
It’s pretty awesome. On a personal note, her and I have had a lot of synchronicity in our lives together [as a real-life couple]. I am in a funny way not surprised it wound up happening professionally as well. There are these things you can’t really orchestrate in life. They just sort of happen. You can acknowledge them as coincidences or acknowledge them as something the universe is trying to tell you. Being able to do this is absolutely awesome. It has been fun.
How excited he was to join the NXT brand:
I was thrilled to find out that was the direction we were going to go in. I would have been thrilled to receive any sort of direction we would be going in. I was determined, as I still am, to make this the best thing anyone is ever going to see out of me.
Praise for Ciampa:
[Ciampa] is a total professional and one of the toughest people I’ve ever met in my entire life. It was great to be able to create something with him so many people enjoyed, especially in these times. It was violent, physical and both of us felt it was exactly what the show needed in the spot it was in.
What he’s learned in WWE so far:
I learn something new every single day I’m at work. When I was at the [WWE] Performance Center back before all of these things started to happen, I was learning every single day I was there. It’s a really funny thing in sports entertainment. You can never learn enough. That was something I wasn’t expecting and really attracted me more to this. I’m a person who enjoys the process of learning. I feel like learning and expanding on your own knowledge is becoming more valuable to yourself and the people around you. So having the opportunity to learn from people that have been in this business forever is amazing. It’s difficult for me to expand on that because I’ve learned so much, even in unexpected ways. I feel like I’m the best version of myself right now. The cool part about it is I know a year from now, I’ll be even better.