Karrion Kross threw himself into the rivalry between Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre before Clash at the Castle. Kross (formerly Killer Kross) and Scarlett (formerly Scarlett Bordeaux) returned to the 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 fight Bloodline before the one-sided attack by Cross.

Elsewhere on SmackDown, Shayna Bazler was named first choice for Liv Morgan’s SmackDown Women’s Championship. The two clash in Clash at the Castle. Additionally, Shinsuke Nakamura earned Gunther’s challenge for the Intercontinental Championship next week after defeating Kaiser Ludwig.

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Karion Cross and Scarlet make a killer return

Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Reigns wrapped up SmackDown by tackling an imminent title defense at Crash at the Castle, flanked by The Usos. McIntyre sabotaged The Bloodline and offered to wreak havoc on the entire Collective.

Suddenly the screen turned black and white. An unfamiliar theme song echoed through the arena, and a mysterious woman stood on the entrance ramp, distracted by her, McIntyre unprepared for an attack from behind. did. Cross showed up, did a short job on McIntyre, and then turned his attention to Bloodline. The SmackDown ended with a close-up of Kross’ Doomsday Clock ticking in the ring.

Cross and Scarlett was one of Triple H’s most promising projects during the 2020 and 2021 run of NXT. He was a two-time NXT Champion before Cross was called up to the main roster. Cross and Scarlett split when Cross made his main roster debut in July 2021, losing his raw debut to Jeff Hardy. The pair were then released by WWE in November 2021. Their return to WWE came after Vince McMahon was accused of sexual misconduct. Triple H has taken greater leadership in his creative work since then.

What a surprise to wrap up SmackDown. Your mileage will vary on his Kross, but this writer has high hopes. Cross and Scarlett gave one of his best presentations during the NXT run. In an industry with many high-performance athletes, a memorable presentation can go a long way. The duo’s post-apocalyptic portrayal and Cross’ biting offense were NXT’s high points during their tenure. Few predicted it would come true. Newcomers are always welcome, especially in the traditionally barren main event scene, above all how Cross and Scarlett fair on the main roster with a creative direction that stays true to his NXT run It’s exciting to see what Class A

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