Former WWE commentator Pat McAfee has expressed his admiration for LA Knight, one of the rising stars in WWE. McAfee mentioned that he first noticed LA Knight’s potential during his return to NXT in 2019, and since then, he has been impressed by Knight’s charisma and entertaining promos.

McAfee highlighted how LA Knight’s character has evolved since his return to NXT and how he is now getting the chance to showcase his true self in WWE. He praised the thunderous ovations and “Attitude Era pops” that Knight receives from the fans whenever his music hits.

“The guy to watch right now is a guy that, as I left NXT in 2019. It was literally the next pay-per-view. I’m out after WarGames. As I left NXT to go off into nothing land, ‘it’s over, it’s been fun,’ that decision was made, it’s not mine, but I do appreciate that it happened. LA Knight came back into NXT the next pay-per-view. I was watching, he cut a promo the next pay-per-view, right to the camera, and I’m like, ‘Who is this guy? This is a guy that I would like to talk to.’ Yeah! This guy, really entertaining. I finally get to meet him, he got called up to SmackDown, I got the chance to meet him. I’m like, ‘Hey buddy, I’m a massive fan of yours.’ Didn’t really use him or anything. Then he was Max Dupri, which was something, certainly, but wasn’t the whole LA Knight.”

While discussing potential contenders to dethrone Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Title, McAfee admitted uncertainty if anyone can defeat Reigns but mentioned that LA Knight is a talent to watch closely.


“Now that he’s getting to be himself and kind of do everything he’s done for his entire career, I’m incredibly happy for him. The pops he’s getting whenever his music hits are fucking Attitude Era pops. WWE knows. They know that guy is…they hear the pop every time. Triple H, who I believe is running creative, I’m not behind the scenes and don’t know what’s going on over there, but I believe they hear them. They know. He’s good. I told him numerous times how big of a fan I am of him. At that time, I don’t think he was necessarily taking compliments as well because he wasn’t able to do his thing. Now, I’m super pumped for him.”

In recent times, LA Knight has gained popularity among WWE fans, and he is set to participate in the Slim Jim Battle Royal at WWE SummerSlam. With his skills and fan following growing steadily, it seems like Knight’s future in WWE is promising.

Pat McAfee’s endorsement adds further credibility to LA Knight’s status as a rising WWE superstar, and it will be exciting to see how Knight’s journey unfolds in the world of professional wrestling.

What are your thoughts on LA Knight’s rise in WWE and the praise he’s received from Pat McAfee? Do you agree with McAfee’s assessment of Knight’s potential as a future contender for the WWE Universal Title? Leave us a comment below.

Steve Carrier

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