“The Next Steve Austin” – Karrion Kross Believes the Next Big Thing Will Come From NXT

Published 06/11/2021, 2:28 PM EDT


For the past decade, if a wrestler wants to make it big in WWE, he or she has to go through NXT first. The Black & Gold brand of WWE is responsible for churning out and shaping the superstars of tomorrow. It is true that big names in WWE such as The Rock, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and John Cena, have become big names without joining NXT. But the current NXT Champion, Karrion Kross believes that the next “big thing” for WWE will come from NXT.

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John Cena during Wrestle Mania XX at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

In an interview on the “After the Bell” podcast with Corey Graves, Karrion Kross gave his honest opinion about the future stars for WWE. He said,

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“To me, NXT has always been the face of the future. I really truly believe that.” Kross continues, “I believe that anyone that’s going to do anything in WWE for the future, to be the next Cena, to be the next Reigns, the next Steve Austin, the next Rock, that whole line-up of people. I feel like these people are gonna come from NXT.” (H/t SportsKeeda for transcriptions)

Karrion’s words are true to the letter. Some of the biggest names in the main roster are indeed wrestlers promoted from NXT. For instance, before Roman became ‘The Tribal Chief‘, he worked in NXT to hone his in-ring skills. The same goes for the likes of Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, and Drew McIntyre, just to name a few.

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Karrion Kross gives an honest opinion about NXT

As the interview continued, Kross stated he feels like in NXT, if one’s not willing to meet the standard there, then there are a lot of hungry people who will swallow them up. According to the champ, the standard is very high in NXT and it gets higher and higher every few months or so.

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Kross also reiterated that NXT forces a wrestler to be the best version of themselves. They just have to find it. Even when a wrestler thinks he or she is the best version of themselves, they have to dig a little bit deeper. They got to find more. That’s what NXT does.

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Aditya Pran Mahanta

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Aditya Pran Mahanta is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree. Being a sports fanatic, he has played at the state level badminton in his younger years but his love for WWE overtook all other passions. Being a decade-long wrestling fan, he relishes the older wrestlers and wishes that the newer generation had the same Edge. He is a passionate fan of Rey Mysterio for his high flying style, Edge for being The Ultimate Opportunist, and Razor Ramon because nobody messes with the Bad Guy!

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