In the final battle of the first Mortal Kombat tournament,
Liu Kang defeated Shang Tsung and saved Earthrealm from domination.
But in the confusion of a mysterious earthquake,
Shang Tsung and his fellow conspirators escaped through a portal to Outworld.
Kung Lao, who had been posing as a Masked Guard,
helped his fellow Shaolin Monk escape the crumbling island.
Liu Kang and his allies narrowly escaped with their lives.

When they returned,
the Wu Shi Academt was invaded by Baraka and his Tarkatan horde in an attempt to defy the rules of Mortal Kombat and take Earthrealm by force.
Although the Shaolin Monks fended off the invasion,
Raiden sensed a deeper conspiracy and urged the Shaolin Monks to defeat Shang Tsung in Outworld.
Will they succeed?
Or will they succumb to Shang Tsung's evil plot?