Karrion Kross On The Lost Art Of Characters In Wrestling & Chemistry With Scarlett
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Karrion Kross and Scarlett Bordeaux had their NXT TakeOver debut in most decisive and memorable fashion as Kross ran through Tommaso Ciampa at In Your House. Speaking with TV Insider, Kross discussed the lost art of presenting a character in professional wrestling and why he and Scarlett are such a good fit together both in and out of the ring.
Here are some highlights:
Karrion Kross talks being a character-heavy act in NXT:
I love how you mention characters are a lost art; I feel it’s a lost art as well. I think there is a lot of flexibility that can be exercised in terms of creating something for our viewers. Things don’t always have to be A,B,C in terms of how basic something is. If you want to create something really cool and really special, I don’t believe it’s going to be simple. It’s complex. Complexity takes time. Complexity takes patience. Complexity takes energy. What people are seeing on television in terms of the Karrion Kross presentation has been something I’ve been working at for years.
I have been afforded the opportunity of expanding on something that I have been refining for many years. I think that is why it comes off as well as it does, aside from all the people that put the time, energy and patience into helping me create what you see in the ring with Scarlett as well.
Karrion Kross on his pairing with Scarlett:
It’s pretty awesome. On a personal note, her and I have had a lot of synchronicity in our lives together [as a real-life couple]. I am in a funny way not surprised it wound up happening professionally as well. There are these things you can’t really orchestrate in life. They just sort of happen. You can acknowledge them as coincidences or acknowledge them as something the universe is trying to tell you. Being able to do this is absolutely awesome. It has been fun.
Karrion Kross on debuting in an empty arena:
The challenges are there any time I go to work. Not just going to work, getting up in the morning and training as hard as I can. I’ve always looked to create challenges. You learn things about yourself with a challenge. In terms of not having the fans there, of course, I miss them. However, I’m in a state in my life where I’ve never been this hungry before. It’s one thing to get here; now it’s about showing your worth and giving people what they want to see. I’m so hungry for everything right now. It’s such a motivated place.
I could run through a wall whether there are people or not. I’d run through three or four walls if I have to. It’s not a problem. It didn’t occur to me consciously as a challenge. I’m sure subconsciously it did. I know the people are at home though, and I engage with them on a daily basis in some way or form. I put myself in a place where I think about what this is going to look like for people watching at home. I create from that.
You can read the full interview via the embedded link above.