Here’s a crazy theory… TJ, Thunder, Maya, Jago and Tusk. What do they all have in common? They’re all good guys. What if good guys get ultimates and bad guys get something else, like a no mercy, perhaps? Even further out on the limb here, maybe ultimates are sort of like MKvsDC’s heroic brutalities, while the bad guys get the fatalities?
Of course, Shago having an ultimate more or less debunks this theory, but he’s kinda the outlier anyways, so maybe it’s still possible?
I also don’t think the good guys having implied kill moves would mean the bad guys would get worse. Just thought it would be a fun guess just in case .