During his re-dut on Friday Night SmackDown, it looked like Karrion Kross was being positioned to be in Clash At The Castle’s main event.
Karrion Kross‘ re-debut on WWE‘s main roster during the August 5 episode of Friday Night SmackDown seemed to have implications on the upcoming Clash At The Castle premium live event, but that might not be the case. The former NXT Champion waylaid Drew McIntyre as he made his way to the ring to confront Roman Reigns, who he’ll be facing for the unified WWE Championship at the United Kingdom PLE. McIntyre, a former NXT Champion in his own right, didn’t make it to the ring as a returning Kross attacked him.
It was another case of Triple H bringing one of his former champions back into the fold impactfully. While Kross has spent time on the main roster before, Vince McMahon immediately booked the undefeated champion to lose to Jeff Hardy even though he was going to main event NXT’s next big Takeover show. Triple H isn’t going to handle the veteran in the same way, evident by him getting his old music back and Scarlett Bordeaux’s involvement in his presentation.
Despite the appearance that Kross would get into the Clash At The Castle main event, a recent report suggests that isn’t the case. At least not at this juncture. In the latest edition of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer wrote the following about WWE’s plans for Clash At The Castle: “Based on what we are told, unless we are back in the plans change regularly mode, Karrion Kross won’t be added to the Reigns vs. McIntyre match. It did appear that would be the case the way the angle ran on Smackdown. But as of press time it was still listed this way.“
This Is Still A Great Spot For Karrion Kross On SmackDown
That might be somewhat surprising, but based on how Reigns is typically booked, maybe it shouldn’t be. Reports indicate that Kross is now listed as SmackDown’s no. 2 heel behind the Tribal Chief. Given how infrequently Reigns has wrestled since WrestleMania 38, WWE has frequently found itself without its top bad guy for premium live events and more significant episodes of Raw and SmackDown. That changes with Karrion in the fold and working every week.
Assuming that Triple H will continue to protect Reigns as Vince did, Kross will essentially be the blue brand’s top everyday heel. Meltzer guessed that McIntyre vs. Kross would become the main event for most house shows since Reigns generally doesn’t usually work those. There are certainly worse spots for the former Killer Kross, who had most recently been involved with MLW and a handful of other smaller independent promotions. Jumping into a top villain role in WWE is a massive step-up for the 37-year-old.