Karrion Kross has bemoaned losing the 'perfect vision' he had for his first run as NXT Champion but is using the opportunity to get that back as motivation.
Kross was forced to vacate the NXT Title just days after winning the championship from Keith Lee last year due to injury.
At the time, Kross was one of NXT's hottest new talents and was embarking on an unbeaten start to life on the black-and-gold brand.
In his absence, Finn Balor won the title. With a match between the two over the NXT Championship set to main event NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, the 35-year-old is determined to manifesting his vision of his run as NXT champion this time around.
Speaking to Denise Salcedo, Kross said: "I think the biggest motivating thing for me is obviously to kinda get back the full momentum that I had coming in before the injury. I had a vision that I was dead set on manifesting into NXT and we lost that. We lost this perfect vision, this thing that I was going to create for everyone to see.
"This is an opportunity now to get that back and to bring something new to life that no one has seen before. Karrion Kross an NXT Champion, defending, people have no idea what they're in for, and it's going to be awesome.
"Obviously, I gotta take [Finn Balor] down in order to do that. I am feeling very confident, especially after last week. I'm pretty certain I can do it."