One of the fastest rising stars in wrestling is Killer Kross. A Las Vegas native who began his career as Kevin’s Kross before developing a psychotic serial killer gimmick. Kross made a few waves being in Lucha Underground and AAA, but really became a name when he began showing star status on Impact Wrestling.
Impact and Kross have been at odds as of late because Kross felt he was being underpaid and asked for his release. Impact did not grant him his release, and he continued appearing on the program. Then during Impacts Slammiversary event, Kross was facing Eddie Edwards in a first blood match.
Impact asked Kross to blade or cut his head with a razor to get blood. Kross refused due to lack of blood work and on site doctor. Impacts solution was to use fake blood, but Kross hasn’t been used since.
Kross recently sat down with SportingNews for an interview, here are some highlights.
On relationship with Impact
Not good (laughs). It is not good at all.
The issues began last year regarding merchandising.
I’ve been advised not to go into the full detail of the issues, but I am hoping that they can be resolved as quickly as possible. It’s something I’ve been working on for many months.
I’m in a situation right now where I have to be very careful how I choose to address things. My hands are completely clean in all of this. I have been attempting to get clarification on things that were supposed to be given to me in a timely manner. Some of them have been … I’m not even sure how to put it. It’s so difficult to answer. It’s very difficult to even discuss. I’m doing my absolutely best to remain civil and professional on the entire ordeal and it’s extremely difficult.
I’m really just looking to being treated fairly and I’m just looking to put my best work out there. There are now situations that are occurring where, basically, opportunities are being delayed and I guess, what the easiest way to put it, opportunities are being … I apologize. It’s really the first time I’ve talked about it. These things I’m attempting to pursue in my career, I’m being blocked from pursuing them for really ridiculous circumstances.
On being pulled from AAA event
I was given that date and information brought to my attention as per Ed Nordholm (Executive Vice President of Anthem Sports & Entertainment, IMPACT Wrestling’s parent company), I am now off that show.
On how the Impact roster feels about his situation
I don’t want to put words in anyone’s mouth or necessarily mention anyone’s name, but the best way to put it would be they’ve expressed that they’re pretty disgusted about how this situation is being dealt with and how I’m being treated. I’ve had full support from them the entire time which has been awesome.
They know me personally and they know me professionally and I think anyone you could ever ask who’s ever met me, talked with me, or worked with me will tell you that I’ve been a constant professional ever since I stepped foot into this industry. I’ve always followed through with everything that I said I was going to follow through with. That’s not always reciprocated, unfortunately.
On it he regrets signing with Impact
I don’t regret signing the deal from last year despite all of this, to be honest with you, because I’ve met a lot of really wonderful people and I’ve been able to have a lot of great life experiences. I think sometimes you get the bad with the good and you get the good with the bad and I always try to remain optimistic that it will work out. There’s a sense of gratitude that I can find in all things.
Regarding the finding out about other people making more money and whatnot, I want everyone to make as much money as possible. I don’t think there’s such a thing as an overpaid person in this business. You get what you get. I was led to believe that these things were not available on any stretch of the imagination and a lot of personal things began occurring in my life where I was really no longer able to maintain being there under the circumstances I was under.
I was told that a lot of things were going to happen that year that there was no follow through on. I tried to express that and I was initially interested in staying onboard. I wasn’t trying to leave. I wasn’t trying to hold anybody up or strong arm them. That’s all, like, insane stuff that people are creating their own context about. That wasn’t at all what was happening.
In the process of all that, I was attempting to retrieve something that was owed to me by the company. I had been trying to retrieve that for an extended period of time and I was very cool about it and I was very professional about it. I got along with everyone and I tried to put my best foot forward and I think anyone who watches my work, you’d never know anything was wrong because I had a very small window to optimize my time to perform to the best of my ability for that company and I think everyone would tell you that I came with my working shoes every single time.
More is touched on in the interview including how he went about asking for his release and how his girlfriend Scarlett Bordeaux was released but he wasn’t.
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