Listen, I hate Kross unless he’s a useful tool for complaining about Raw. Otherwise I like Kross unless he’s in NXT.
On a serious note, literally the only thing that bothered me about it was him wearing the NXT title on Raw. Even glass half full, I’m pretty neutral on Kross’s NXT run. I generally don’t have a problem with the main roster doing something different with NXT guys when they’re “called up” that isn’t what they’re doing on NXT. The fungible line between equal brand and developmental territory confuses people and makes it harder to accept when these deviations happen, which agreeably aren’t consistent - fans want shades of grey in character, not in position and status. Importantly, if you recognize him as the NXT champion, then you shouldn’t be doing what you did against [the current standing of] Jeff Hardy. If he’s just a fresh debuting guy, do whatever you want. But the juxtaposition of doing that with the guy literally holding the title walking in is a problem. Just look at the difference between his debut and Kevin Owens’. Night One you knew his level. Night One we don’t know Kross’. They could very well have a good story for Kross and Hardy (who deserves something to do) and I rarely for wrestling have a good/bad faith fuse when something off-putting happens so I wasn’t going to freak out one way or the other… but the frustrating part for me is just making it harder for the debut to work going this path instead of another.
In this specific case and not just doing the people who are “frustrated” with WWE listing off our forever gripes: Karrion Kross the monster for almost the entirety of his run from after the Ciampa match until probably the second Joe showed up hasn’t worked for the majority of fans. So they’re supposed to just mimic that on the main roster? You almost have to take a different direction to get there and we can’t really have it both ways to not like what he’s done in NXT and think a reset is worthy of loud rebuttal. But this is where having the title on him mattered, because you can’t have a fresh start with a loose end around your waist. Take away the belt, make a clean split from NXT…then it would have been fair game.