Killer Kross Was Told To "Stay The Course" After Voicing Concerns About WWE Raw Gear
Letting it all play out didn't work out, though
While he had been presented as an unstoppable force in WWE NXT, Karrion Kross wasn't given the same treatment on the main roster as he lost his Raw debut match and the two-time NXT Champion was later given a new post-apocalyptic look featuring a heavy mask and red straps.
The new look received an overwhelmingly negative reaction from fans, with many finding the gear funny as opposed to imposing, and comparisons were quickly made to Mad Max 2's Lord Humungus.
Speaking about the gear on Busted Open Radio, Kross revealed he did voice his concerns to WWE management but The Herald Of Doomsday was told to "stay the course."
"There are two things to this. The first thing I will say, I did at a point, I believe it was the second week of the outfit, I did speak with management. I said, 'Look, I'm saying this out of professionalism and respect. Based on the reaction from last week, which is measurable through social media and the live reaction as well, this is not being received well. So respectfully, I do believe we should attempt to change course at this point before it's too late, or we can attempt to develop some sort of narrative that we can put on television where we can connect what I was doing on NXT vs. what I'm doing here because people don't understand what's going on,'" Kross began.
"To paraphrase, I was told to just stay the course, which I thought at the time was crazy. I did speak up very early, but in a respectful manner. I never walked into anybody's office or told somebody, 'I'm not doing this.' Nothing like that at all. I said, 'I want to be a return on your investment. If I can't do that, I'm going to be out of here. I know how this works. So the course we're on right now, we're about to go off a cliff.' I did make that very clear," he continued.
"My other concern at the time, I have a family. I want to make sure everyone is taken care of. To be fired or released because this guy was unprofessional, he was a mark for himself, he didn't want to do good business, they gave him all these opportunities and they asked him to do one thing and he wouldn't do it. I didn't want that to be a part of my history. I would rather be given something that didn't work out that people know that it didn't come from me and I gave it my all, than to be known as someone who's unprofessional and wouldn't do business.
"That was just an unfortunate situation, how I perceived it at least, that I was in. I didn't know what the national economy was like. It's still in a state of recovery. What would it be like to be out there and get a job? I didn't know they were going to be as fruitful as they are. I had no idea. I did say that I didn't think it was that big of a deal, but it's still very disparaging. It's very upsetting at this point to be released. We wanted to be there. We absolutely did. I won't play that down, but that's what was going on in my head at the time observing the whole field," Kross added.
Staying the course ultimately didn't improve Kross' situation in WWE, though, and he was released in November along with fiancé Scarlett.
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