Karrion Kross Speaks On Why He Signed With WWE Over AEW

Killer Kross, formerly Karrion Kross in WWE, talks about his options before signing with WWE and why he decided to join the company over other promotions.
WWE Karrion Kross

Killer Kross, formerly Karrion Kross in WWE, talks about his options before signing with WWE and why he decided to join the company over other promotions.


With Kross’ recent release from WWE in November, he had time to think about his time with the company.  He has also had time to think about where he would be if decided to join a rival promotion.


Karrion Kross sat down with Chris Van Vliet and was asked just that in regards to signing with AEW over WWE specifically and if AEW was an option for him.

“Yes, [AEW was an option]. I, man, I don’t know if you’ll remember this because I can’t believe it’s been this long, I really can’t believe it. So right around that time, I was trying to swerve people as to where I was going to go,” Kross said. “By the time I put the post out on Twitter, I already knew. And I was trying my best to protect it as much as I could, you know, try to protect your work.

I was like ‘where do you want to see me next?’ and it was an overwhelming amount of people that said that they wanted to see me go to AEW. {exhales very deeply out of annoyance for people saying he should go there} Was like a Peter Griffin moment. And so, I don’t know.

Like, I know there were a lot of choices to look at that. One way I looked at it was like, it kind of pissed me off. And, this is my doing, I understand it wasn’t meant to be this way, but I thought that at the time the overwhelming amount of people that wanted me to go to AEW versus WWE or New Japan, ‘why are people so convinced that I would find much more success in AEW versus WWE?’

‘Do they think I can’t become successful in WWE? Do they believe that?’ So I was like, ‘I’m gonna show them that I can and I will.’ And, you know, it was already, you know, a done deal at that point in time, sort of. I understand, as time went on, that they weren’t saying it in a resentful manner, they were saying it because they thought that I would be able to find the best version of myself there.” H/T To Wrestling Inc. For Transcription

WWE Karrion Kross - NXT
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Kross goes on to say that the reason he signed with WWE was because of watching WWE as a child.  He saw himself wrestling with the Superstars on his TV and knew deep down he could compete at that same level someday.

Kross acknowledged that he was given a big push and climbed up the ranks in NXT very quickly.  He went above and beyond to learn everything he could about how NXT worked and even went into the production truck to make sure he earned that big push by learning everything he could.

Even though Kross’ main roster time was frustrating for him just as much as it was for the fans he said he liked working with WWE and may be back someday.  


However, the question of how things might have been different if Kross had joined AEW over WWE comes up.  He thinks things wouldn’t have been that different other than AEW probably wouldn’t have released him.

“I’d probably still be wrestling,” Kross said.  “ I’m sure I would’ve been happy, I’m sure I would’ve been creativity fulfilled. All of my friends work for AEW, I had only a couple of friends working in WWE. And I would’ve been in very good company and, not that I wasn’t in NXT at all, the locker room was awesome there. I think I would’ve loved it.”

WWE Karrion Kross
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It is an interesting thought to think about what AEW and Kross’ career would be like if he had joined AEW.  Seeing him in a feud with Miro, Jake Hager, Wardlow or other big men with MMA training could have led to some brutal matches.  He could have even quickly made it to the top there as well.  Maybe even been AEW World champion or had a feud with some of the top guys in AEW.

Do you think Kross made the right choice joining WWE over AEW?  Where would you like to see him end up now?  Would you like to see him return to WWE in a few years?  Let us know who in the wrestling world he should wrestle when he returns to the ring.


Sources: Wrestling Inc., Chris Van Vliet


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