December 1, 2021
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Karrion Kross’s Career Explained In 11 Facts!

Karrion Kross

Karrion Kross, better known as Killer Kross on the independent scene was announced as being hired by WWE on February 4, 2020 at WWE Backstage, and it was rumored that they have good plans for him. He debuted in the NXT on April 8 with a cameo and he made his first appearance on April 15 attacking Tommaso Ciampa. But first we have to ask the question, how did Karrion Kross get famous? What led him to wrestling? Is he still married to his wrestler girlfriend?

Karrion Kross: All You Need To Know About The Wrestler (11 Facts) 

1. Quick Facts:

  • Birth name: Kevin Arturo Kesar 
  • Birth date: July 19, 1985 (age 36) 
  • Born in: New York, New York, United States
  • Home: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Ring name (s): Karrion Kross, The White Rabbit, Kevin Kross, Killer Kross, 
  • Height: 6 feet 4.5 inches (1.93 m)
  • Weight: 265 lb (120 kg)
  • Trainers: Glenn Gilbertti

2. Who is Karrion Kross?

Kevin Arturo Kesar came into this world on July 19, 1985 and would go on to become an American professional wrestler who currently has a contract with WWE, where he appears on their NXT brand as Karrion Kross. 

Kesar is of Central American descent 

He is better known under the ring names such as Kevin Kross and Killer Kross. 

The NewYorker is famous for appearing in Major League Wrestling,  Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA), Impact Wrestling, and multiple promotions on the independent circuit. 

At AAA, he was a member of the stable MAD and The Ungovernable Faction. 

He has also appeared on the fourth season of AAA’s American project Lucha Underground as The White Rabbit, the frontman of Paul London’s Rabbit Tribe stable.

3. Is Karrion Kross and Scarlett Bordeaux still together?

Kesar is still in a relationship with Scarlett Bordeaux. She is a fellow professional wrestler Elizabeth Chihaia, better known by her ring name Scarlett Bordeaux. Infact they recently announced their engagement on September 23, 2021. 

4. Karrion Kross’s other interests:

Aside from polo with Scarlett Bordeaux – which you all love – Karrion Kross has been a wrestling fan since Wrestlemania VI and his favorite promo was Paul Heyman’s ECW. In several interviews he has said that he loves David Lynch’s work – nothing to do with Becky Lynch, which has been noticed in his NXT appearances as well as that he is a big fan of the character of the devil’s advocate Sean O ‘Haire who died in 2014.

5. Karrion Kross’s final moves:

Doomsday Saito ( Saito suplex )

Down The Rabbit Hole (Mandible claw) – used in  Lucha Underground

Kross Jacket (Bararm sleeper)

6. Karrion Kross’s signature movements:

Crossface

Giant swing

Olympic slam

Rolling Kneebar

Various types of suplex

Exploder suplex

Fisherman’s suplex

Northern Lights suplex

Rolling suplexes

7. Karrion Kross’s nicknames:

“Devil of Monterrey”

“The Herald of Doomsday”

“The Tollman”

“King of Evil”

8. Debut on September 6, 2014:

Because this crazy man named Glenn Gilbertti trained Karrion Kross, he was in his debut on September 6, 2014. He was touring the Indies until he debuted in Global Force Wrestling -by Jeff Jarrett- fighting with Bobby Roode and then he continued having fights in GFW.

Around this time he made an appearance as Jobber for Ascension in February 2015, 

9. Karrion Kross and Lucha Underground:

In 2017 he came to AAA helping Johnny Mundo / Morrison win all the AAA titles in addition to appearing for different events and since the company was affiliated with Lucha Underground, he also fought for them under the name White Rabbit and in AAA He also didn’t do much more than fight mid-card and join The Ungovernable Faction.

10. Karrion Kross Austin Aries and Impact Wrestling:

Here if our friend made an impact, he debuted with a good story being the attacker of several fighters and making a peak at Petey Williams and then later being the “insurance” of Austin Aries when he lost the Title against Johnny Impact / Morrison and the Aries was he stopped and left so he screwed up that story and Kross took Aries’s place in the fiefdom with World Title chances where he was not victorious.

In his last part of Impact he saw himself in rivalries with street fights and First Blood where he even beat the Sandman. But this is where the problems began: Kross felt that his pay was not adequate for a Main Eventer status and the creative direction of his character was not the best – intelligent the madman – so he asked for a salary increase and better stories but no They gave him neither of the two so the madman instead of having a First Blood fight with Eddie Edwards used fake blood to lose and already saying that there was no doctor, 

With this, Impact got stung and never booked him again until they gave him his departure in December 2019 after having stood out in a very good way in the company and leaving a good impression as a performer, which probably earned him his hiring in WWE.

After that he made a single MLW appearance against Tom Lawlor and that was it for Karrion Kross or Killer Kross in the indies and other promotions.

11. Career as a professional wrestler:

Global Force Wrestling (2015)

On July 24, 2015, Kross made his  Global Force Wrestling debut  during the GFW Amped tapes, in a failed effort against former TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode in the quarterfinal round of the GFW Global Championship tournament.

On August 21, 2015, Kross faced Joey Ryan  in a failed effort during the GFW Amped tapes.

On October 23, 2015, Kross would come face to face with both Brian Myers and Kongo Kong  in a triple threat match, and the triple threat would be won by Kong.

Lucha Underground (2015 – present)

From 2015 and 2016, Kross would work in various dark matches for Lucha Underground. Karrion Kross debuted in 2015 for the promotion by defeating Vinny Massaro in a dark match. On July 21, 2018 in a now famous episode, Kross would make his debut on that date as his character from The White Rabbit. 

During the famous episode, Kross would give his wooden scepter to Paul London and order him to assassinate Mascarita Sagrada in cold blood for bringing the Rabbit Tribe to his home aka secret lair.

Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (2017 – present)

On March 19, 2017, Kross debuted for the AAA with Rey de Reyes helping Johnny Mundo  win the AAA Mega Championship, the AAA Latin American Championship and the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship.

On June 4, 2017, Kross would compete in a triple threat cage match against Santos Escobar and Texano Jr. during Verano de Escándalo, the match would end without a decision after both Fantasma and Texano Jr. escaped at the same time from the cage.

On April 20, directly attacking Dr. Wagner Jr. and Hernandez, Kross would make his return with Juventud Guerrera  and  Teddy Hart  who would make their return to the company, during the main event for the AAA Mega Championship. The trio would call themselves MAD.

Impact Wrestling (2018 – present)

On June 14, 2018, Kross would make his debut in a backstage segment posing as a police officer arresting Petey Williams for being the suspect of a mysterious X attacker who had been distributing talent and personnel behind the scenes for several weeks. However, once in an isolated area behind the scenes, Kross would attack and strangle a handcuffed Williams and reveal himself as the actual attacker. Kross would make his Impact in- ring debut on the July 5 edition of Impact, defeating Fallah Bahh. Two weeks later, Kross would foil Williams’ quest for revenge, defeating him through the arrest of umpires after applying a strangulation of which the previous X Division champion would pass out. On the August 9 edition of Impact, the NewYork native would help his buddy Austin Aries retain his Impact World Championship  against Eddie Edwards, hitting the latter with a Saito Suplex after a benchmark hit. 

Aries would announce Kross as their “insurance policy” the following week. Edwards would get a measure of revenge when he and Tommy Dreamer defeated Kross and Moose in an impromptu tag team match during  Bound for Glory 2018. October 14.

On November 8, 2018, Kross faced Johnny Impact for the Impact World Championship in a failed effort.

Major League Wrestling (2020) 

Premiering his debut, Kross made his first Major League Wrestling (MLW) appearance at the Fightland event on February 1, 2020, where he defeated Tom Lawlor.

WWE (2015; 2020-present) 

The NewYork native appeared on the February 16, 2015 episode of Raw, (prior to signing with WWE) where he paired up with Darren Young to face The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor) in a match that ended to no avail.

NXT (2020-2021) 

It was confirmed that Kross had signed with WWE, on the February 4, 2020 episode of WWE Backstage. In the following weeks, mysterious videos were shown that would later be revealed promoting Kross. 

Kross could be seen along with Scarlett in a car watching Johnny Gargano (On the April 8 issue of NXT) after his match with Tommaso Ciampa.

Kross debuted, (in the following week) attacking Ciampa. 

Following further that night on WWE.com, it was revealed that Kross would now be known as Karrion Kross.  Kross made his debut by defeating Leon Ruff in a squash match, on the May 6 episode of NXT. At NXT TakeOver: In Your House, Kross defeated Ciampa via technical submission.

In the episode of NXT, on August 26, 2020, after the fight against Keith Lee last Saturday at NXT TakeOver: XXX, he had to resign from the NXT Championship due to an injury suffered and from which he will undergo surgery to recover. 

On April 5 at night 2 of NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver he defeated Finn Bálor to win the NXT Championship for the second time. On May 25 on NXT he defeated Bálor again, retaining the NXT Championship.

On June 13 at NXT TakeOver: In Your House he defeated Johnny Gargano, Pete Dunne, Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole to retain the NXT Championship. On July 13 he defeated Gargano in NXT with Samoa Joe as a guest referee to retain the NXT Championship again, however after the fight he attacked Joe. At NXT TakeOver 36, Kross was defeated for the first time, losing his title in the main event to Samoa Joe after an intense rivalry. This was Kross’s last match in NXT, to later stay permanently on Raw.

RAW (2021-present) 

On the July 19 episode of Raw, Kross made his main roster debut where he was defeated by Jeff Hardy by roll up with support from the ropes, marking his first loss in WWE.

On the July 26 episode of Raw, he defeated Keith Lee by submission. The following week on August 2 he was defeated by Lee marking his second loss, his first loss cleanly.

On the August 23 episode of Raw, Kross debuted a new look where he wore a gladiator mask and red belts at his entrance. His new outfit was not well received by fans.

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