WWE has announced the signings of Timothy Thatcher and Killer Kross. Both have reported to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. In the below video, we discuss the signings and Killer Kross’s public conflict with his former promotion, Impact Wrestling.
Killer Kross and Impact Wrestling Conflict In 2019
Kross’ signing with WWE comes after a lengthy spat with his former promotion, Impact Wrestling. He spoke with SI.com recently about the experience.
“Respectfully, I am ready to turn the page on that chapter in my life,” said Kross, when asked why it was the right choice to exit Impact. “That’s the best way I can put it.”
Kross went into more detail regarding his conflict with Impact while on Petey Williams’ Wrestling Perspectives podcast.
“I personally really don’t really need much,” he said. “But it’s just different when you have people to take care of, circumstances change in life. You can’t anticipate it. […] Being told to go get another job by your job, that’s f****d up. You’re struggling to make ends meet taking care of people, and the job that you can barely afford to have tells you to go get another job so you can keep that job. It’s like working at a corporation being told to go work at McDonald’s. It’s a weird feeling.”
“[…] I found out how much people are being paid, and I wanted to be paid on the same scale as that,” he said.
“I wasn’t asking for anything that was honestly unreasonable. In all sincerity. And I’m not gonna bullsh*t you guys. I really wasn’t. That’s ok if the company does not agree that I am worth that. I will not take offense to that. That’s ok. It’s not my company. I’m just an employee. And I’m not saying that because I think I’m supposed to say that. But if they really feel that way after one year, if they feel that I’m not worth what I’m asking…professionally, kindfully, please…let me go somewhere else, and I will prove it to everyone that I can draw what I’m asking for.”
Killer Kross and Impact Wrestling Conflict Continued
Scarlett Bordeaux was released from her Impact contract in June and has since signed with WWE as well.
Back in September, Kross stated he was hoping to avoid litigation in an interview he gave to the Sporting News:
“I’ve actually made it abundantly clear that I have not been interested in going into litigation. I’m not interested in going down that road. I’ve been trying for many, many, many months. I’ve been exhausting all options on how to fix this situation. There’s an attorney involved and we’re not suing anyone.”
Before his signing was announced, Kross spoke with SI.com last week:
“I couldn’t wait for a company to put me on the map,” said Kross. “I knew I needed to be in control of my presentation and find creative and authentic ways to engage people. Then, when a company wants to get behind me and put me on blast, they can put my entire brand and my fans into their machine. That’s how I can be an asset to a company, rather than building me from scratch.
“I’m very grateful for the people who got on board with me and stayed the course. What comes next is going to be something that everybody enjoys.”
He also spoke about reports that he had met with Triple H recently:
“I’m talking to different companies, which is something I’m not denying,” said Kross. “I am working on deciding my next destination. I’m looking to go in a larger direction soon, and it would be irresponsible to continue taking bookings in the event that I commit to one of these companies.”
The SI.com article can be read here.