Karrion Kross says signing with WWE was always a dream gig for him, but he also had a little motivation to get there along the way.
NXT Champion Karrion Kross recently spoke with Lucha Libre Online’s Michael Morales Torres for the first edition of Lucha Libre Online Magazine and talked about what motivated him to sign with NXT. Kross said he’s always wanted to work for WWE, then revealed that he also saw it as a challenge when some people said he’d find more success quicker in other companies. Noting that he knows they meant well, he set out to prove that he had what it took to reach the top of the mountain in WWE.
“It was for a variety of reasons. I’ll tell you the most important reason. To me was the fact that WWE was always the place that I wanted to be since I was a kid. I’ll admit it, a lot of us from the independents,” Kross explained, “we hear stories, whether they are true or not. At different points in people’s careers, sometimes they become discouraged on pursuing the ultimate goal, the ultimate dream. They convinced themselves to sell for less, and I was like, I’m not going to get caught up with that. I’m going to follow my heart, my soul and my intuition on this. I’m going to continue to stay the course for the WWE. You’re not going to get caught up with that. So it was very important for me and for my soul to fulfill this. It’s the only job I’ve ever wanted since I was a kid. So that was the first reason.
“The second reason and I’ve never said this before, but the second reason had a lot to do with the fact that so many people thought that I would be extremely successful very quickly elsewhere. I took that as a challenge. I know they meant it as a compliment. But to be honest, and I don’t want to start swearing, but it made me very mad. I was like, ‘why would you think that I would find so much success so quickly?’ I sat in that and thought about it. I’m like, ‘no, you know what? Whether that was your intention or not, challenge accepted.’ Now I’m going to show you that I’m going to go to the top of the food chain in this industry, and I’m going to show you that I’m not going to get lost in the shuffle and I’m going to ascend to exactly where I know I could be. I’m going to put in everything you think that I can’t,” Kross said, “all of everything that I am, I’m going to put it all in one direction and I’m going to manifest my success there, and that’s the truth.”