In the past few years, NXT has grown from a developmental system to one of wrestling’s most exciting brands. It has been home to wrestling royalty since its inception such as Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, Adam Cole, Samoa Joe, Kevin Owens, the list goes on. Due to the amount of star power on the show at any given time it is tough to make a massive impact upon arrival.
— Daniel Yanofsky (@DanYanofskyMMA) August 23, 2020
Very few have impacted the black and gold brand like our Pro Wrestling Newcomer of the Year, Karrion Kross.
Notable Mentions: Pat McAfee, Dominik Mysterio and Dexter Lumus.
We all knew how good Kross was from his work on IMPACT, MLW, and various other places. However, NXT has really brought everything together for him, putting his menacing frame with a character and presentation that fits. His pairing with Scarlett has been perfect, and he has been handled perfectly becoming an NXT Champion is his first year with the brand. It wasn’t all smoke and mirrors for Kross though, he made his in-ring presence known in the ring very quickly.
After a squash match with Leon Ruff, Kross took on Tomasso Ciampa who is one of NXT’s biggest stars. Kross made quick work of Ciampa at NXT TakeOver: In Your House, and a star was born. Kross defeating Ciampa who is one of the most accomplished NXT wrestlers of all-time was one of the most impactful debuts we have ever seen. He carried on this momentum to defeat Keith for the NXT Championship, although he had to drop it the next day.
#WWENXT Stat of the Day:
Karrion Kross becomes the second NXT Champion to vacate the title. His title reign goes into the history books as three days, according to #WWE.com. This is shortest reign by any champion in history. pic.twitter.com/3amdDRL8eB
— Peyton Wesner (@pcwesner) August 27, 2020
The presentation of Kross combined with his immediate in-ring dominance makes him the clear-cut winner for the Pro Wrestling Newcomer of the Year.