The One Brock Lesnar Match That Inspired Karrion Kross to Become a WWE Superstar

Published 08/09/2021, 1:00 PM EDT


Almost two decades ago, Brock Lesnar and Hulk Hogan collided on SmackDown. It was an important match for The Beast because he put his SummerSlam title shot on the line at this match. But, it was an important match for Hollywood Hogan as well. After all, he was up against ‘The Next Big Thing’.

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At that point, nineteen years ago, every young aspiring wrestler watched this match. One such was WWE Raw Superstar Karrion Kross. Therefore, when WWE posted a clip of the match asking who was doing what, the young Superstar responded.

Nineteen years ago, Kross was dedicatedly watching the match, and gaining inspiration from the WWE megastars. While watching this, he knew where he wanted to be in the future.

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Brock Lesnar squeezed the life out of Hulk Hogan on August 8th, 2002

The first point to note, both Superstars knew who they were up against. Hulk Hogan knew exactly what Brock Lesnar was capable of.

During the final moments, The Hulkamania was assaulting Paul Heyman when Lesnar clubbed him from behind. Following that, he delivered a brutal F5 on Hogan, and this is when the WWE Universe knew it was over for Hogan. Unfortunately, Lesnar was not done with him.

He picked Hogan up, and put him in a powerful grip from the mid-chest, and started squeezing with all his might. The referee checked on Hogan twice, and finally called for the bell. Brock Lesnar secured the victory!

It was time for The Beast to let go, but did he? NO! The infuriated young wrestler continued to squeeze him, even when Hogan did not have the energy to stand. Finally, Heyman pulled Lesnar off Hogan, while Hollywood Hogan stayed still on the floor.

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Karrion Kross is working with both NXT and Raw

When nineteen years ago he set a goal for himself, as of now, he’s definitely headed towards that.

Kross is the Superstar who is working with both NXT and Raw. He moved to Raw with the NXT Championship title. Therefore, someone from NXT had to be his opponent, and who better than Samoa Joe?

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The duo will battle for the NXT Championship title at NXT TakeOver 36.

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On the other hand, Kross has already worked with Jeff Hardy. Regrettably, Hardy tested COVID positive, and WWE canceled the storyline. Following this, he worked with Keith Lee. They’ve had two matches till now, and both have won one each.

Furthermore, Jinder Mahal has expressed his desire to have a match with Karrion Kross!

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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