Call it a choice? There are certain things about wrestlers that almost everyone is going to notice, which makes them all the more important. A wrestler has to be put together in the right way or they are not going to be the most well received. One of the most important aspects is how the wrestler looks, with the wrong look having the potential to be quite the problem. Now we know the idea behind a recent change.
This week on Monday Night Raw, Karrion Kross came to the ring wearing a special mask and wearing new gear. According to Andrew Zarian, the new gear was introduced as a way to market Kross, as every wrestler must be marketable for the purposes of things like clothing, toys and imaging. Kross would go on to defeat Ricochet in less than a minute and a half. The win came one day after he lost the NXT Title to Samoa Joe at NXT Takeover 36.
Spoke to a source regarding Kross’s new ring gear. His response :
“Everything & everyone must be marketable. Toys, shirts, imaging, and accessories. You need to stand out to sell and this is how they sell” pic.twitter.com/rooHCMowsO
— Andrew Zarian (@AndrewZarian) August 24, 2021
Kross certainly is a different kind of star. Check out what he can do without the mask:
Opinion: I get the concept behind the new look, but was that really the best idea that WWE had? There was no way WWE could have Kross go out there like that and expect it to be taken seriously. The gear looks like some weird Demolition/Mad Max tribute and I don’t think that is exactly the way to get over with a lot of the fans. Maybe there is something to this, but Kross was not exactly off to the hottest start before the new look.
What do you think of the gear? What is next for Kross? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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