Karrion Cross entered himself into the rivalry between Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre before Clash at the Castle. Kroos (formerly Killer Kroos) and Scarlett (formerly Scarlett Bordeaux) returned for promotion on Friday’s episode of WWE SmackDown.
McIntyre earned the right to challenge Reigns after defeating Sheamus in a well-received “Irish Donnybrook” match on last week’s episode of SmackDown. McIntyre was ready to take the fight to The Bloodline before an unprovoked attack by Kross.
Elsewhere on SmackDown, Shayna Baszler crowned the #1 contender for the Liv Morgan SmackDown Women’s Championship. The two will collide in Clash at the Castle. Additionally, Shinsuke Nakamura got a chance at Gunther’s intercontinental tournament next week after dropping Kaiser Ludwig.
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Karrone Kroos and Scarlett are back together
Reigns, the undisputed WWE Universal Champion, along with The Usos, closed out a SmackDown showdown by addressing his impending title defense at Clash at the Castle. McIntyre interrupted The Bloodline and offered to put whooping on the whole group.
Suddenly, the screen turned black and white. An unfamiliar song echoed in the plaza while a mysterious woman was standing at the entrance slope. McIntyre, distracted by the woman, was unprepared for an attack from behind. Cross showed up and did a short job for McIntyre before turning his attention to The Bloodline. SmackDown ended with a close-up of Cross’s Doomsday Clock ticking in the ring.
Kroos and Scarlett were among Triple H’s most promising projects during the NXT run in 2020 and 2021. Kroos became the two-time NXT Champion before being called up to the main roster. Kroos and Scarlett were split when Kroes debuted on his main roster in July 2021, losing his Raw debut to Jeff Hardy. The Kross has also been repackaged with a very poor new wardrobe. The pair were fired by WWE in November 2021. Their return to WWE comes just two weeks after Vince McMahon retired as Chairman and CEO amid an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. Since then, Triple H has taken on greater leadership in creative duties.
What a surprise to close SmackDown. The mileage on the Kross will vary, but this writer has high expectations. Kroos and Scarlett had one of the best presentations during the NXT race. In an industry full of physically gifted athletes, a memorable presentation goes a long way. The portrayal of the horrific duo and Cross’s brutal offense were NXT highlights during their tenure. There was an expectation that the duo could return under the creative leadership of Triple H, but few expected that to happen soon. New faces are always welcome, especially in the traditionally barren main event scene. More than anything, it will be interesting to see how Kroos and Scarlett compete on the main roster with a healthier creative direction for their NXT track. Grade: A
What else happened in WWE SmackDown?
- The dynasty rolled into the arena After their successful defenses at the SummerSlam Championship. Honorary Uce Zayn was repeatedly denied his request to speak to Reigns. Zane accused The Usos of giving him a quick run. An angry Ji Usu warned Zen that it was time to lift his weight.
- Recoil defeated. Happy Corbin via installation After hitting the shooting star, tap with the help of Pat McAfee to distract. McAfee, Ricochet, and other WWE Superstars mocked Corbin’s loss to McAfee at SummerSlam, which led to the match.
- Shinsuke defeated Nakamura. Ludwig Kaiser via installation After tanning with Kinshasa. Nakamura will now face Gunter next week in the continental championship.
- Liv Morgan received mixed reactions after her controversial victory over Ronda Rousey In SummerSlam. Morgan said she only reached out to Rossi because she believed the referee counted three. Sonya Deville boycotted and promised to withdraw the title from Morgan.
- Shayna Baszler defeated. Raquel Rodriguez, Natalia, Xia Li, Schutzi, Sonia Deville and Alia in a Gauntlet match To become the first contender for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Rodriguez defeated Four Stars before Pazler pinned him. The Morgan vs. Baszler match will take place in Clash at the Castle.
- Defeated the invaders of the Vikings (Eric and Ivar). Tommy Gibson and Jim Mulkey via installation In a short squash match. Kofi Kingston attacked the Raiders with a kendo stick after the match.
- Kofi Kingston def. Eric via installation Courtesy of Pupil Pin.