The power released by his victory over Blaze opened a portal, and Kung
Lao found himself in Earthrealm hundreds of years in the past. His
ancestor allowed him to enter the Mortal Kombat tournament in his stead.
Kung Lao defeated Goro and won the tournament, becoming a legend. As a
result, Liu Kang never competed, and Kung Lao's rivalry with him never
came to be.