Karrion Kross has explained the concept behind his new WWE gear, revealing the inspiration for his unique ring attire.
On the August 23 episode of Raw, Kross debuted a new look on WWE TV. Speaking on Table Talk, Kross noted that his gear was intended to present him as a gladiator.
Stating that he wants to project a certain energy during his matches, Kross said:
“I’m not entirely sure at this point. I had received a briefing about, I guess it was a creative team conversation, a series of people attempting to expand on the original concept that was presented during NXT. I guess it was a team of people. The direction I think they were attempting to go in was essentially a gladiator idea. I had introduced the lower body gear at NXT when I competed against Finn Balor to get the title back.
“My original concept was like, this feels like what the coliseum days would be like. We’re in a circular area with people around. With the character presentation of Karrion Kross and the development, this wasn’t just a regular match people were getting into. Win or lose, you might not be coming out the same way. I was attempting to project that sort of energy into it. What they wanted to do when I was coming up was play off of that. That’s where we’re at with it.”
Shortly after Kross first sported his new attire, it was reported that WWE likes ‘everything & everyone’ to be marketable.
Kross will remain on the Red Brand following the WWE Draft. The former NXT Champion defeated Jaxson Ryker via submission on the September 27 edition of Raw.
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