Triple H has praised LA Knight for not giving up and working his way into WWE’s main event picture.
After a couple of cameos, Knight signed with WWE in 2013 but lasted only a year before being released amidst reports of issues with Head Coach Bill DeMott. The WCW veteran and coach left WWE in 2015 following allegations of abuse and backlash against his training methods.
By the time DeMott left the company, Knight was already back on the independent circuit and plotting his path to the top. This quest saw him find success with IMPACT Wrestling and the NWA before re-signing with WWE in 2021. After a spell in NXT and a short-lived run as Max Dupri, Knight has established himself as one of the biggest names in the company.
Appearing on Greg & The Morning Buzz, Triple H touched on LA Knight’s earlier failed spell with WWE, before praising him for grinding his way to the top.
“There are points in time in every career when you’re told, ‘You’re great, you’re going to do this, you’re going to do that,’ and that comes along and you get very excited about it, and then there are moments where things don’t happen the way you want them to and people are, ‘Ah, you’re never going to go beyond this, you’re always going to be stuck here.’ There are always going to be positives and negatives.
I would say, if you’re not going to buy into the positives, you can’t buy into the negatives. You just have to do your thing and grind. I don’t care who you are, how long it takes, if you grind…I look at LA Knight right now. He’s been in this business for a long time.
I knew him in the very beginning. He was in NXT early in the system. A lot, he’ll admit this, a lot to his own doing, he caused himself to not be in it, but he kept grinding, kept grinding, kept grinding, and here is sort of running towards the end of his career and all of a sudden, he’s making it and becoming a big deal.
Hopefully, he can capitalize on that, and we can, but you never know, and you keep those doors open and you see what’s going to resonate. Nobody has perfect vision around the corner. You just keep grinding and doing what you do and hopefully success comes.”
Veteran Names LA Knight Wrestler Of The Year
Meanwhile, speaking on his Drive Thru podcast, Jim Cornette named LA Knight his wrestler of the year. The veteran praised Knight for overcoming poor booking to rise to the top of WWE, suggesting he hasn’t improved, instead, just been given the chance to shine.
H/t to Fightful