LA Knight has opened up about what he learned from working with The Miz, which included some memorable promo battles.
During the rise of LA Knight in WWE in 2023, one of the key rivalries that he had was with The Miz. After Knight won a battle royal at SummerSlam, The Miz started a storyline with him that led to a match at Payback.
This would lead to multiple promo moments between Knight and Miz, both of whom have been praised for many years for their ability to talk. On the August 7th edition of Raw in 2023, LA Knight and The Miz had a confrontation in the ring where they exchanged words that showed that Knight could hang with Miz.
In an interview with Chris Van Vliet, LA Knight spoke about the process of working with The Miz as they had their unique war of words.
“The Miz was really bringing it to the point where like I remember a couple guys in the back just being like ‘Wow, I feel like this is like the best work Miz has done’ and while coincidentally I felt like it was some of the worst work I’d done in a while. So God, I hate pulling the curtain back a lot, but I’m not a good planner. I like to be off the cuff and I like to kind of just listen and react. But sometimes in these scenarios, when you’re doing this, you have to plan a little bit more. Just because there’s so many moving parts and things like that.”
“And people want to know where you’re going and whatever. But in the past, other places I’ve worked, it’s just kind of, alright, well, we’re gonna go out there, we’re gonna generally talk about this, okay, cool. I’ll save some stuff, they’ll listen to me are you reacting go back and forth. In this case, it was like, now I had kind of like planned canned stuff, but it’s like, I don’t know, whatever I’m thinking or saying at like three o’clock is not going to be the same stuff at eight o’clock. And so where I should have probably just dropped some of that stuff, and just listened and reacted and just shot back that way. It was like, I gotta keep the stock.”
“So we got time, and I gotta hit the time, and they’re expecting this. And so some of that I was just kind of like, ‘Ah, this just doesn’t feel like, don’t feel like my best.’ But that’s also I think, a bit of a process and, and still adapting, because I’m still that old school, let’s go out and call it out there. Let’s go out there and do it on the fly. And let’s just kind of, you know, I’m gonna listen and react, you’re gonna, I don’t want to know, and I don’t want you to know, because I want it to be fresh.”
“I want it to be real. Like, I don’t want you to already know what I’m going to say. Because then it’s like, Okay, let me react. Let it be real. And then that way, I can really digest what you’re saying to me, and then just bring it back. So yeah, but at the same time, I think that feud in general, rivalry, whatever you want to call it. Some people hate the word feud. So that in general I think helped elevate us both in certain ways, because I mean, I think it brought out a passion in him. Because I think there are similarities between us even though I think we’re different, but we have some similarities to us.”
“He was doing some great work. I feel like I was doing some great work. And at the same time, it was kind of like, showing a little bit of adversity because for so long, like I said, I was floundering and I wasn’t doing much and now it’s like, all of a sudden, now there’s a little bit of elevation. So okay, let’s show a little bit of adversity. Let’s show here’s the guy who is established, he’s been there for a while, at the same time, I’m gonna get under his skin. He’s gonna get under my skin a little bit, but at the end of the day, I’m gonna kick his ass. And so that’s really what it comes down to. So as long as that happens, we accomplish that then we’re good.”
That rivalry led to LA Knight beating The Miz at Payback with John Cena as the referee.
LA Knight Set For Huge Match At WWE Royal Rumble
At the WWE Royal Rumble on January 27th, LA Knight will be part of a four-way match for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. Roman Reigns will defend his championship against Knight, Randy Orton & AJ Styles in a fatal four-way match. Reigns isn’t happy about it because it’s a match where he could lose the title without being pinned, which would anger the Tribal Chief a lot.
You can watch the Royal Rumble on Saturday, January 27, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Peacock in the United States and on WWE Network everywhere else.