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Kevin Kesar (born July 19, 1985 in New York City) is an American professional wrestler most known by the ring name Killer Kross, an edgier derivative of his initial moniker of Kevin Kross.

He debuted in Season 4 of Lucha Underground as The White Rabbit, the leader of the Rabbit Tribe.

He was signed by WWE in 2020 under yet the subtle-yet-still-edgy derivative ring name of Karrion Kross, where he dominated NXT, eventually becoming NXT Champion. He was called up to RAW in 2021, where the atrocious booking he was subjected to became one of the most heavily-criticised moves WWE had made for a long time, before he was summarily released on the 4th of November 2021 in the latest round of mass talent cuts.


"Tick Tock! Doomsday Tropes":

  • 13 Is Unlucky: Going into Takeover Stand and Deliver to challenge Finn Balor for the NXT championship, Kross had a perfect 12-0 record in singles competition, 13 proved to be unlucky... for Balor as Kross took the belt to remain undefeated at 13-0.
  • Alliterative Name: Inferring from his ring names, his full favored alias would be Kevin Karrion "Killer" Kross. His real-life name of Kevin Kesar also counts.
  • Ax-Crazy: He's clearly sadistic and has a violent streak a mile wide.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: These days, when he's not in ring gear he's usually in a suit.
  • Badass Longcoat: Pre-NXT, he wore a black trenchcoat as his casual and entrance attire.
  • Bald of Evil: Not a single strand of hair on his head but is also sadistic.
  • Battle Couple: With Scarlett Bordeaux on the independents. On NXT it's more of an Outlaw Couple as she mainly acts as his valet and harbinger.
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  • Big Applesauce: Kesar was born in New York City, and Kross was first introduced as a criminal from New York.
  • Big Bad: In the COVID-19 era of WWE NXT, he is clearly the most intimidating, evil, and threatening villain in the history of that brand, even eclipsing the brutality of Kevin Owens' brief run there.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Is proudly evil and will always boast of his propensity for causing mayhem and death.
  • Catchphrase:
  • Cool Shades: He wears Lennon Specs in non-match appearances.
  • The Corrupter: To Impact World Champion Johnny Impact and his wife Taya Valkyrie. He tried to get Johnny to form an alliance with him, but Johnny repeatedly rejected it... until the challenge of Brian Cage came looming. The Mayor of Slamtown and La Wera Loca agreed at that point to accept Kross's help in setting Cage up for an injurious blindside attack.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Speaking of Brian Cage, they've had history since Future Stars of Wrestling. When they feuded over the FSW Heavyweight Championship, Kross was cheered over Cage because the champion's commitments in other places meant he wasn't there every week (sound familiar?). Both Kross and FSW's authority figure warned repeatedly that he came with bad intentions and they'd be better off supporting Cage than treating Kross as a savior. This is before he was upgraded to Killer.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: To Austin Aries in TNA until Aries had his tantrum and departed the company. His corruption of Johnny Impact, who beat Aries for the World Championship, took place after this.
  • The Dreaded: Intimidated everybody in Impact Wrestling with the exception of Johnny Impact and Eddie Edwards.
    • Within three moves in his NXT debut, he already had Tom Phillips calling him Satan.
    • After being squashed by both Kross in his debut match where the above three moves happened, and by Kross's first pay-per-view opponent Tommaso Ciampa a week or two later, Leon Ruff described how facing Ciampa had him scared for his career... but facing Kross had him scared for his life.
    • Later intimidated everybody in NXT with the exception of Scarlett, to the point the latter's appearance with an hourglass left NXT Champion Adam Cole clutching his championship in fear. Read that again: less than two months into his tenure, Karrion Kross is so scary that the greatest NXT Champion of all time is terrified at the sight of his girlfriend.
    • Inverted with Samoa Joe, as he made Kross and Scarlett shut up in his presence and dared them to provoke him, which they wisely refused to do.
  • Establishing Character Moment: With Scarlett in tow, he had several for every stage of his NXT debut.
    • First vignette introduces his ominous fare about doomsday and the end complete with stock videos amid his own scenes.
    • First in-show appearances involve stalking Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa during their feud, before finally pouncing after the feud is over by violently throwing Ciampa around the backstage area.
    • First match is fit to be described under a different trope below: Something Completely Different.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The only person other than himself who Kross seems to have any type of affection or regard for that doesn't come with a catch is Scarlett.
  • Expy: Of Dexter Lumis, who ironically was radically altered following Kross's debut on the main roster. Which has led to a bit of a Fandom Rivalry between the two wrestlers fanbases.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Sounds all philosophical and cultured in his villainy, but one look at how his face nearly always veers into either Mad Eye or Slasher Smile territory and there is no question in the world that he is a complete psychopath.
  • Horsemen of the Apocalypse: "He is time, famine, war, pestilence you cannot endure." Time instead of death? Wait, no. The next lyric in that says "The end is here" and he's always talking about Doomsday. The "time" in question in that lyric is in fact death.
  • I Have Many Names: One of his first gimmick videos online started with a voiceover describing him as a recently-released convict and notorious criminal from New York City whose legal name was kept secret but instead went by several aliases, including Morgan Baines, Carmelo Massione, Marius von Lynch, and of course, Kevin Kross.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Speed, agility, strength, size, intimidation, intelligence, he has everything it takes to be convincing as a Serial Killer who wrestles.
  • Mad Eye: The most convincing rabid-animal face in wrestling since Edge, with a far more active on-switch.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: In a mostly out of character interview Scarlett explained that one thing that annoyed her about Kross is his willingness to spend a long time talking to fans, going as far as to say that when people describe her as nice “No, I’m pleasant, he’s nice”.
  • Meaningful Name: Karrion/Carrion is the decaying flesh of the dead. It also sounds fairly similar to Charon, The Ferryman of the dead in Classical Mythology. In Kross's pre-Performance Center days, they'd called him The Tollman (among other things) and bestowed upon him the moniker of Killer. Additionally, his pre-debut imagery incorporated vultures, which are also known as carrion birds.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Was literally given the moniker of Killer Kross down in Mexico once it became abundantly clear that he was every bit the deadly threat he claimed to be.
  • Red Baron: The Tollman, The King of Evil, The Devil of Monterrey, The Herald of Doomsday, and on NXT, he and Scarlett have been called The Tandem of Terror.
  • Slasher Smile: Anytime Kross smiles, expect it to be a sinister grin.
  • Something Completely Different: An impressive entrance, a squash match victory, and a beautiful valet heralded his debut match on NXT. That formula is typical. What's not typical, from when he made his way to the ring to Scarlett's ominous singing to the short entirety of his physical dissection of Leon Ruff, even scaring the referee away from raising his arm in victory, is how the man appeared unhinged in his total viciousness yet completely in control of himself at the exact same time. The reaction he drew out of Tom Phillips in three moves says it all:
    "Karrion Kross is the damned Devil. What in the Hell did NXT just let in its doors?"
    • His short time in MLW, where he was a Face of all things.
  • Tattooed Crook: Japanese characters and a grim reaper image stand out amongst the impressive shadows inked all over his back.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: Kross is spelled with an K as an intentional match with Kevin, with the nickname of Killer also matching this. Karrion is spelled with a K as an intentional match with Kross.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Kayfabe-only, as he is built like a god, but it's a wonder his proclivity for seething with evil all over his face doesn't scare away the affections of an accurately self-described smokeshow such as Scarlett. On the contrary, it excites her.
  • Viva Las Vegas!: Happily billed from Las Vegas after moving there over the course of his career.
  • When He Smiles: One of the signs that Kevin is far more pleasant off the clock than Kross is in the ring or on TV is that his real smile doesn't make you fear for your life.
  • Wicked Cultured: When he speaks, you can tell he's clearly thought through his doomsday philosophy, and for promos he'll usually be dressed up in leather, shades, and/or a nice suit. Doesn't make him any less of a savage monster when it's time to fight.

Alternative Title(s): Killer Kross