Kevin Kesar is a 35-year-old American professional wrestler who is currently signed to the WWE’s NXT brand. Kesar’s ring name is Karrion Kross and he is the NXT Champion in his second reign.
Kesar made his professional wrestling debut for Global Force Wrestling in 2015 in a losing match to Bobby Roode. He began working for Lucha Underground and worked multiple dark matches before making his official in-ring debut for the promotion where he defeated Vinny Massaro in a dark match.
Kesar wrestled for many independent wrestling promotions in his early career such as Paragron Pro Wrestling, West Coast Wrestling Connection and Future Stars Of Wrestling. He won his first championship, FSW Heavyweight Championship, while wrestling for Future Stars of Wrestling. He also worked for Lucha Libre AAA, Impact Wrestling and Major League Wrestling.
Kesar’s WWE Debut
Before officially signing with the WWE in 2020, Kesar made an appearance on Monday Night RAW in 2015 where he teamed with Darren Young to face the Ascension. That match resulted in a no contest call.
In February 2020, WWE confirmed that Kesar had signed with the company. Kesar’s ring name would also be changed to Karrion Kross.
Karrion Kross made his WWE NXT debut in May defeating Leon Ruff in a squash match. On June 7, 2020, Kross made his pay-per-view event debut at NXT TakeOver: In Your House in a match against Tommasso Ciampa. Karrion Kross defeated Ciampa via technical submission.
Karrion Kross’ NXT Championship
At NXT TakeOver: XXX, Kross defeated Keith Lee to win the NXT Championship for the first time. The following day, WWE announced that Karrion Kross suffered a separate shoulder during the match and on August 26, 2020, Kross vacated the title due to injury making his reign (four days) the shortest in the title’s history.
Karrion Kross Returns
On the December 9th episode of NXT, Kross returned to NXT and attacked Damian Priest. At NXT: New Year’s Evil, he defeated Damian Priest ending their feud. On the February 3rd episode of NXT, Kross attacked Legado de Fantasma members Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde, before threatening the leader and current NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar. Kross wasn’t finished though and later that night he confronted the 2021 Royal Rumble Match Winner, Edge.
Weeks later on February 24th, Kross faced and defeated Santos Escobar in a street fight. He then confronted NXT Champion Finn Bálor after he successfully defended his title against Adam Cole on the March 10th episode of NXT.
Karrion Kross’ Second NXT Championship Win
On April 8, 2021, at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver’s pay-per-view event on Night Two, Karrion Kross defeated Finn Bálor for the WWE NXT Championship.
Career Championships and Accomplishments
- Cauliflower Alley Club
- Rising Star Award (2018)
- Future Stars of Wrestling
- FSW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Impact Wrestling
- Impact Year End Awards for One to Watch in 2019 (2018)
- Maverick Pro Wrestling
- MPW Championship (2 times)
- Modern Vintage Wrestling
- MVW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Ring Warriors
- Ring Warriors Grand Championship (1 time)
- Stand Alone Wrestling
- PWAD Championship (1 time)
- The Wrestling Revolver
- REVOLVER Championship (1 time)
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- NXT Championship (2 times, current)