LA Knight Appears As A Manager In Pre-SmackDown Dark Match

LA Knight

NXT star LA Knight could be on the verge of a call-up to the WWE main roster after he appeared as a manager before SmackDown went on the air.

LA Knight made his NXT debut back in February 2021, and during his time on the brand, he is best known for capturing the Million Dollar Championship during a feud with Cameron Grimes. Knight was also part of the losing Team Black & Gold at War Games in December of the same year as NXT gave way to NXT 2.0.

Many stars of the original black and gold brand have since moved on with Adam Cole and Johnny Gargano both leaving WWE, while Tommaso Ciampa and Pete Dunne have graduated to the main roster of WWE. Now it looks like LA Knight might be about to do the same.

Ahead of SmackDown airing live on FOX, Knight was involved in a pre-show dark match as he acted as a manager for former RETRIBUTION member, MACE. In the bout, MACE was able to defeat Erik of The Viking Raiders.

Back when LA Knight joined WWE, Triple H talked up the former IMPACT World Champion’s prospects with WWE and said he didn’t think there was a ceiling on what Knight could achieve:

“I don’t think that there’s a ceiling on anybody when they walk in the door here. I kind of re-evaluate everybody or evaluate everybody as they’re walking in the door. My hope is that all of them have the potential at one point in time to garner whatever they need to become as big of a performer as they can be here.”

“I’ve been a fan of his since he was here the first time. There are a lot of reasons on his side and our side as to why that didn’t work out that time. But I was a fan of his then. I was a fan of his work and his promo skills and everything else as he went along his journey. And I’ve always thought that when the time was right, he’d be great here – and the time was right.”

“Phone calls were made and interest was on both sides, and it just went from there. It was smooth and easy. He wants to be in a place where he can have the biggest platform in the world – that’s here – and I wanna give it to him. So we’re gonna run with it and see where we can go and you know, there is no ceiling.”