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The return of Karrion Kross, in conjunction with his insertion in to the rivalry between Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre on Friday night’s bout of SmackDown, reportedly is actually a vehicle for WWE to split its world championships once more.
In accordance with Fightful Select (h/t Subhojeet Mukherjee of Ringside News), there’s been a minumum of one creative pitch within WWE that could see Kross challenge Reigns for only among the two titles he currently holds.
Kross, who was simply released by WWE in November 2021 despite a dominant run in NXT that saw him contain the NXT Championship twice, appeared in the closing segment of SmackDown on Friday with Scarlett by his side.
The 37-year-old veteran brutally attacked McIntyre, who was simply going to confront Reigns. Scarlett then left an hourglass in the ring, signifying that Kross intends to take a minumum of one championship from Reigns soon.
A title match between Reigns and McIntyre has already been set for Clash at the Castle in Cardiff, Wales, the following month, and to this aspect it’s been billed being an undisputed WWE Universal Championship bout.
It is not beyond your realm of possibility that WWE may have Reigns split the WWE and universal titles and also have him defend them separately, particularly if the target is to have one world title on both Raw and SmackDown regularly.
The potential change in philosophy and the return of Kross likely want to do with the ascension of Triple H to the top of WWE creative and vice president of talent relations.
Triple H succeeded Vince McMahon and John Laurinaitis, respectively, in those roles. McMahon retired from WWE, and Laurinaitis was seemingly taken off his role amid a study by WWE’s board of directors in to the payment of huge amount of money to former female WWE employees in trade for them remaining silent about sexual relationships with McMahon, and possible sexual misconduct.
During his time running NXT, Triple H pushed Kross to the very best, so that it comes only a small amount surprise he wanted him back and instantly placed him in a high storyline.
If WWE does progress with the thought of separate world titles, having McIntyre beat Reigns for the WWE Championship before his European fanbase and having Reigns wthhold the Universal Championship over Kross may be the best plan of action, as it allows The Tribal Chief to help keep his nearly two-year title reign intact.
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