LA Knight, a prominent star in WWE, acknowledges the unpredictable nature of professional wrestling. Despite his current success, he recognizes that the landscape can change rapidly, and there are no guarantees for long-term endurance in the industry. However, it appears that LA Knight once blew up backstage over lackluster booking.

LA Knight shared an intriguing story about his reception backstage over the past year during an interview with The Ringer Wrestling Show. He expressed frustration at receiving significant crowd reactions but being told there was nothing for him to do creatively.

One notable instance was during a SmackDown event in LA before WrestleMania, where he garnered immense support in the Andre The Giant Battle Royal.

There was a lot of frustration at that time. I’m getting these big reactions and there were weeks of, ‘there’s nothing for you to do.’ I’m like, ‘Was anybody listening? Was anybody watching?’ There was all this hesitation. ‘This might not be real, this might be a fluke.’ There was one time, I blew up a year ago. We were in LA, SmackDown, the night before WrestleMania. I was in the Andre The Giant Battle Royal. I had already been getting some pretty big reactions for the last three weeks to a month, but now we were in LA and the place was all for me in that battle royal.”


Coming back, I passed straight through Gorilla, didn’t say anything, shake hands or nothing. I ran into one of the social media guys and he was like, ‘Man, you’re over out there.’ I was so happy with the reaction that was out there, but simultaneously pissed off because of it. It was so big and I felt like nobody was listening.

I got back there, and when that guy said that, I was like, ‘You better effin tell somebody!’ I went and walked off and just started pacing the hallways like a tiger. I just went to the most empty part of the hallway I could find. I didn’t want to talk to anybody. This was April. Things even still, from there, didn’t start to go anywhere until July.

Despite this, he felt like his efforts were not being recognized or acted upon backstage. Knight’s persistence eventually paid off, leading to opportunities like Money in the Bank where his popularity was undeniable, prompting a shift in direction.

It was months and months of me being like, ‘I swear nobody is paying any damn attention. Nobody is listening to what’s happening every time I go out there. I don’t get it.’ Then we get to Money in the Bank. ‘I have an idea, I want to do this, this and thisI remember someone saying, ‘You have to be over to do that.’ I’m like, ‘Are you not watching! Are you not paying attention!’ I feel like a douche saying that. To put myself over to that degree to be like, ‘You know I’m over, right?’ It fills me with douche chills.

At the same time, how, how, how, are you not noticing? We get to Money in the Bank, the reactions are nuts, we move on from there, and finally it’s like, ‘We’re going to have to do something.’ Finally, it was moving in that direction.”

Nonetheless, it remains to be seen how LA Knight vs AJ Styles at The Showcase of The Immortals will turn out in the end, as fans want Knight to prevail in the end.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet, a professional wrestling fan for over 20+ years, found his passion during the Monday Night Wars. With expertise honed over decades and a broad spectrum of interests including TV, movies, anime, novels, and music, he offers insightful analysis and coverage. Respected in the industry, Subhojeet keeps fans informed and engaged with his knowledge and perspective.

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