WWE Hall of Famer Booker T has defended Karrion Kross’ controversial Raw debut following the July 19 episode.
During the show, NXT Champion Karrion Kross was pinned by Jeff Hardy in singles action. This was Kross’ first one-on-one televised defeat since January 2020.
Booker T doesn’t understand why fans are so outraged with the result. Speaking on his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T argued that fans should observe the overall story rather than the individual match, noting:
“What was the internet set ablaze for? What do they have to do with the show? Guys, it’s not about the match most of the time, it’s about the story. Karrion Kross is a guy who’s the NXT Champion and undefeated down in NXT. One thing you have to realize is that it’s still NXT.
“Losing to Jeff Hardy in a match that everybody in the world thought Karrion Kross making his debut is a match that he’s supposed to win but Jeff Hardy is still a veteran to the game. Jeff Hardy didn’t go out there and beat him with the whisper in the wind either, Jeff Hardy stole a match from Karrion Kross.
“When (WWE are) doing this, (they’re) doing it for a reason. When they did that, it was all for a reason. You gotta understand what the reason is opposed to just trying to analyze it and think you know exactly the way it should have gone because you didn’t get what you thought you should’ve got at that moment.”
During recent tapings, segments were filmed building towards a huge NXT Championship match for the next NXT TakeOver event. You can check out spoilers from the tapings here.
During the tapings, a Karrion Kross segment reportedly had to be reshot because the crowd wouldn’t stop chanting “Hardy”, following Kross’ Raw defeat.
Quote via Wrestling Inc.