LA Knight saw success in WWE NXT, but he never won the brand’s top title before his promotion to the main roster in 2022. Upon his call-up, he underwent a transformation and became a manager known as Max Dupri, serving as the talent agent for the Maximum Male Model. There was a reason for that alteration.
After Vince McMahon’s brief retirement, Triple H assumed control of the main roster creative and decided to repackage LA Knight, returning him to his original Knight persona. Fans welcomed this change in a big way, as he left his male model agent gimmick in the rear view mirror as well.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Knight revealed that there were internal concerns regarding his age, which led to his transition into a managerial role. WWE officials took notice of his abilities after he impressed them during a dark match.
“I come up for a dark match, I get the attention of the right people; “hey, who is this guy?” but then the age thing comes up – [whispers] “oh no, he’s 40, danger’. But I’m not the average 40-year-old. I haven’t gone through the ringer. I haven’t had a bunch of surgeries or injuries, knock on that wood. I’ve lived a good, youthful life in a certain sense and I’ve taken care of myself in a way I would say most don’t.”
“And also, I look a certain way where obviously I’ve got somebody’s attention. But that number came up and it was like “well ok, maybe we make him a manager.” So some things happened there. It was not my cup of tea and definitely I don’t think it was for me. But somehow, there I was. Some things happened that we don’t need to go into and then eventually LA Knight was back.”
LA Knight is one of the favorites to win the 2023 Money in the Bank ladder match on July 1st. Of course, Logan Paul announcing his name for the mix really messed with the betting odds on that one. If anything, we are sure to see a big pop for LA Knight in London.
LA Knight is 40-years-old, which is not old by any means, but it is also above the average of most WWE Superstars entering the roster. Of course, LA Knight is an exception to the rule, because he was ready for WWE years ago when he was doing his thing as Eli Drake in Impact Wrestling.
What’s your take on LA Knight’s WWE main roster booking? Is he ready for a top title? Sound off in the comments!