The rise of LA Knight has led to one prominent figure in WWE comparing it to Daniel Bryan’s rise to the top.
At WWE Crown Jewel on November 4th, Roman Reigns defends the Undisputed WWE Universal Title against Smackdown’s biggest rising star, LA Knight.
Recently, WWE Hall of Famer Booker T commented on the match saying that “people would go nuts” if Knight was actually the guy to beat Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Title.
On WWE’s After The Bell podcast, Smackdown & WWE PLE announcer Corey Graves compared Knight’s rise to Daniel Bryan in 2013-14, which ended in Bryan winning the WWE World Championship in the main event of WrestleMania 30 in 2014.
“I’ll give you a perfect example. And I want to delineate this from what LA Knight is doing, but it’s an example that I’m feeling off the top of my head. Yes-L-Mania, on the lead-up to WrestleMania 30 with Daniel Bryan.”
“Daniel Bryan was a guy that the WWE Universe believed in with their heart and soul and felt that he was never going to get his just due. He was never going to get the opportunities he should have. The WWE Universe rallied in a way that we had never seen before.”
He goes to have this epic moment in New Orleans. I remember being in the arena with the confetti raining down in the Superdome, an incredible site that still lives on. Every video package that we show about WrestleMania, you see the Yes-O-Mania clip. It’s epic, all-time great moment. I couldn’t tell you anything that happened with Daniel Bryan’s reign. It only lasted a couple of months.
“Because once you beat the game, you usually put it on the shelf and you look to another game, right? If you’re a video game guy or a comic book reader. Once in a while you go back and read your favourites but you want to know what’s next? Once you complete the series, it’s ‘Okay, now what else do we have?'”
“If LA Knight manages to knock off Roman and I’m not saying it’s likely. I’m not suggesting it happens, but it is a possibility. It would have wacky repercussions and ramifications for WWE as a whole. Does business get even hotter? I don’t know. I don’t know. I genuinely don’t.”
Roman Reigns has been WWE Universal Championship for over 1100 days and WWE simply says that he’s been the “champion” for that period of time.
LA Knight and Roman Reigns will have a contract signing on Smackdown
Tonight’s WWE Smackdown taping in Milwaukee with a double taping where they will also be recording the November 3rd episode of the blue brand. That’s because WWE will be in Saudi Arabia for Crown Jewel on November 4th, so they have to tape Smackdown in advance.
For tonight’s Smackdown, WWE is advertising a Roman Reigns-LA Knight Contract Signing for their Crown Jewel match.
The updated lineup for WWE Crown Jewel has six matches as of this writing:
* Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. LA Knight
* World Heavyweight Championship: Seth “Freakin” Rollins (c) vs. Drew McIntyre
* Women’s World Championship: Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Shayna Baszler vs. Nia Jax vs. Raquel Rodriguez vs. Zoey Stark
* United States Championship: Rey Mysterio (c) vs. Logan Paul
* Cody Rhodes vs. Damian Priest
* John Cena vs. Solo Sikoa
WWE Crown Jewel airs on Saturday, November 4th, at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, streaming live from Riyadh, exclusively on Peacock in the United States and on WWE Network everywhere else.