At Bloodsport 2 in September 2019, Karrion Kross picked up a victory over Nick Gage.
Following his win, Kross got on the microphone and, respectfully, called out Batista. Kross challenged Batista to meet him in the Bloodsport ring, ending the promo by saying, "Give us what we want" as the crowd chanted his name.
Batista did not give them what they wanted.
"Nope [he never responded. I was just in the moment, I didn't even tell Josh about it. I was there and I wanted it to be real. That show, when we were there, is as real as it gets. I was just thinking to myself, right before the curtain it just popped up in my head like, 'Well he's legit. He's got a legitimate background, he'd be awesome here.' I felt like a lot of people felt like Dave Bautista still had more in him than at the time when he retired, a lot of people were kind of bummed that he was retiring. ... I thought, maybe sometimes people just need an invite to come into someplace other than just knock on the door," Kross said ComicBook Nation.
One member of Evolution who did acknowledge Karrion Kross is Randy Orton, who tweeted in February, "Get yo ass up here and let's fight make some $ and crack a beer. Wtf you waiting for??? Time? F— time. Haha I'll set my alarm."
Speaking on Orton's challenge, Kross said, "I was really flattered. He doesn't have to acknowledge anybody. The guy is one of the greatest of all time, third-generation, everybody knows his story. I guess he saw something that night and decided to put it on blast. I can't wait to work with him. When the time is right, I'll be up there."
The time won't be right for Kross at the moment as he won the NXT Championship at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, defeating Finn Balor in the co-main event.
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