Karrion Kross defeated Johnny Gargano on the July 13th 2021 edition of WWE NXT to retain the NXT world title. During the match, Gargano escaped a submission by getting to the ropes. Kross didn’t let go away right after so referee Samoa Joe grabbed Kross. Joe later prevented Kross from using the steel steps as a weapon.
After the match, Joe and Kross had a staredown. Joe started to leave but then Kross put Joe in the Kross jacket submission.