Karrion Kross is preparing for a huge NXT Championship match against Finn Balor, a match that’s coming after a long road to recovery for the superstar. In an interview with DAZN, Kross discussed the match, and how he feels about his chances of taking down Balor to reclaim his spot at the top of NXT.
Check out some of the highlights below:
On his injury in 2020:
Right when that happened. Time kind of slowed down. I feel like that happens to a lot of people that wind up going through some sort of physically traumatizing injury like a car accident. My first immediate reaction was I was really aggravated. I got really aggravated because I can’t believe that just happened right now. I can’t believe that just happened. A lot of people see my rise in NXT as very quickly, but they don’t understand. They don’t take into consideration that I’ve been at this for many years. So just to get that one match for the NXT title took me years and years and years. All the miles I traveled going all around the world, inadvertently missing the birth of my friends’ kids, funerals, weddings. My whole life for years, every single day went into getting that one single match at Takeover 30 and getting in the ring, and that happens. As soon as I landed, it just didn’t feel right. I grabbed it, and I felt like something was out. I was like, ‘Oh, something’s out’. I was like, I hope that in my mind that they didn’t see that. I’m gonna try to push it back in. I tried to shove it back in. You can see me doing it. It’s not going back in.
On what he says to his detractors:
I feel like my story right now is a success over the status quo. People don’t like status quo. They don’t like it. If you think about it like that, I am the change that people are always asking for. I am the change that people are always looking for. People want to see things get shaken up immediately. If you look at it and observe like that, that’s exactly what I’m doing. The other thing I would tell them, ‘Hey, if you’re not sold on me, keep watching because I’ve heard that before’. I have a lot of fans right now that are diehard fans of mine that weren’t big on me to begin with. Know at the end of the day, everything that I do is in the interest of entertaining you. So eventually, I’ll get you. Believe me.
On what it would mean to beat Finn Balor at NXT TakeOver: Stand and Deliver:
It would be an event symbolic of coming completely full circle to getting knocked off the path and getting back on track to where we’re supposed to be. Every single thing that’s happened to me, every single thing that’s happened in my career, it comes full circle. It means something to get that belt back and defend it in a manner in which I was supposed to. It will mean everything.