At the age of 41, LA Knight is experiencing a nice wave of success in the WWE. He had to work his way up to the top of the wrestling business, and things haven’t always been easy. During a recent interview, he talks about taking a pay cut to return to the company and how he wasn’t happy while Vince McMahon was making creative decisions.
LA Knight Talks WWE Pay Cut & Vince McMahon
Knight had a WWE developmental deal in 2013 but was released by the summer of 2014. He’d end up at Impact Wrestling and established himself as a top-tier talent due to his impressive in-ring skills and mic work.
He also spent some time in NWA. He also experienced some success when with the promotion.
In his words, he “knew” he would have to take a pay cut in order to return to the WWE. However, he was willing to bet that he could turn this into more, especially since he hit the ceiling at Impact and also enjoyed a good run in the NWA.
LA Knight’s Creative Issues With Vince McMahon
Knight notes that after his NXT run, he hit the main roster, Vince McMahon changed his name to “Max Dupri”. This change in creative for his character wasn’t successful.
He states that VKM “had a vision”, Knight didn’t understand it, and it wasn’t going well. He goes on to say he was unhappy, and Vince probably was, too.
He notes that “all of sudden” he wasn’t on television, and he thought he was getting fired. However, luckily for him, the tides changed, his character creative shifted, and the rest is history.