LA Knight made a huge splash after his debut at NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day on February 14th, 2021. LA Knight has been in the business for several years and has experienced a lot of ups and downs throughout his career. Now it appears that Knight explained what led to his WWE departure in the first place.

LA Knight was previously known as Eli Drake in Impact Wrestling, where he became a massive star thanks to his excellent promo skills and in-ring work. All of this led to WWE eventually signing him a couple of years ago.

LA Knight signed a developmental contract in 2013 and spent about a year in the Performance Center before being released from his contract in August 2014 – something that he wasn’t happy about.

While speaking to Inside The Ropes, the top WWE Superstar talked about his initial run with the company back in 2013. Knight revealed that led to his WWE exit, which essentially had to do with a coach who had issues with him.


Without getting too deep into the details, me and the, at the time head coach, from about day one, did not get along. I was pretty much told from day one that ‘I expect to hate you.’ At which point I’m thinking, why the hell am I here? So about a good 12 months, it was just me poking the bear and him hating me, it went back and forth until finally, my ass was out a year later. I was told on my way out. ‘We think you’re very talented. We would like you to come back at some pint, but there’s a stigma around you. There’s a perception issue, we need that perception not go away. So for that perception to go away, you need to go away.”

LA Knight also previously claimed that he told WWE to fire him if he didn’t get over in three months. WWE also believes LA Knight has capped his popularity in the company and needs to develop a deeper connection with fans. We will have to wait what the future holds for LA Knight.

What’s your view on what LA Knight said? Are you glad WWE is finally pushing him properly? Sound off in the comments section below!

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