Killer Kross hasn't spent a long time in Impact Wrestling, but he's already made a name for himself.
Since his June 14 debut this year, Kross has already aligned himself with Impact World Champion Austin Aries, forming a destructive duo that have since gained Moose as another strong ally. Before he signed on with Impact Wrestling, Kross worked for GFW and Lucha Underground.
Speaking to Vulture Hound, Kross revealed who he studied to help him find his psychotic hitman persona.
“I draw a lot from novels and movies and television but, to be perfectly honest, I really just assess what’s going on in professional wrestling as a whole and I attempt to collect things through culture, through society for my own personal experiences, things that I can relate with," he said. "I try to translate that into what you’re watching so there’s a sense of familiarness in what you’re seeing you’re going to see something that you’re not seeing somewhere else. I try to be as aware of that as possible. I think it’s as I said before earlier I think it’s extremely important to provide people with it’s not entirely original something fresh, fresh content so when I observe how I can contribute beyond what is being asked of me, I go with that philosophy.”
Narrowing it down to wrestling, Kross mentioned Roddy Piper, Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, Bobby Heenan, Jerry Lawler, and Paul Heyman as his biggest influences. As he explains it, "There was a level of sincerity to all of the people I just mentioned. You never questioned anything that these people said. Everything that these people said felt very real, felt very sincere as I just said. This is what I’m always intending to do when I have something to say.”
But above those names, Kross revealed that Brian Pillman was his biggest inspiration. "There are things that Pillman did in this business and outside the business that people still question to this day, whether they were real or not."
As of now, Kross does not have a match scheduled for Bound For Glory. But with Moose and Austin Aries booked for big matches, chances are we will see Kross not too far behind.