Kevin Nash Thought LA Knight Character Was “A Rib”

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WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Nash is not afraid to speak his mind but he recently caused controversy when he suggested LA Knight was a ripoff of The Rock and now he’s doubling down.

LA Knight has captured the imagination of WWE fans across the globe generating some of the biggest reactions on shows despite not having too much in-ring success in the company to show for it. Knight was the people’s choice to win the men’s Money In The Bank match in London, England but ultimately that prize went to Damian Priest.

Kevin Nash, however, is not such a fan of the star and went as far as to call LA Knight “a ripoff of The Rock” generating the calm, measured response of fans online that you’d expect.

Speaking on his Kliq This podcast, Kevin Nash once again got into his thoughts on LA Knight and questioned why Knight didn’t “get over” until now in his long career:

“There’s so many people who agree that LA is doing The Rock/Austin. I mean, the guy’s been in the business for like 10 years — why didn’t he get over anywhere else? If you’re not over in three years, it’s probably just not gonna happen.”

It was just before Nash’s own three-year anniversary in the business that he joined WWE and became Diesel after less-than-stellar spells in WCW as a Master Blaster, Oz, and Vinnie Vegas.

Continuing on about LA Knight, Kevin Nash revealed that the first time he saw the character, he thought it was a rib:

“I was like, ‘Okay, this is a rib, right?’ And then, it’s not — it’s just what the character is. So, I get hot, and I’m like, ‘You’ve gotta be kidding me, right?’ But they [fans on social media] said I buried the guy. I didn’t say he couldn’t work, I’ve never seen him in the ring. I just said it [the character] wasn’t very original. I’m not gonna apologize, I think it’s a blatant rip-off, but I didn’t mean any harm.”

Despite Nash’s opinions, LA Knight is getting WWE fans to put their money where their mouth is as he was one of the top five merchandise sellers in the company during June 2023. But then again, so was the NWO which Kevin Nash helped form 27 years ago.