WWE fans have been buzzing about LA Knight and the impact he's making in the ring. Drawing comparisons to legendary icons like The Rock and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Knight has been winning over the audience. However, not everyone shares the same enthusiasm.
Recently, Kevin Nash made a bold statement, declaring Knight as "an absolute rip-off of The Rock." To gain some insight into this controversy, Conrad Thompson turned to Jeff Jarrett for his perspective on the matter, during an episode of "My World."
Knight's Surprising Career Path
Jarrett began by reflecting on Knight's career trajectory and the timing of his emergence.
He pointed out that Knight is not a young newcomer to the industry, mentioning that six years ago, when Knight worked for Jarrett's promotion, he was already 35 years old. Jarrett found it intriguing that Knight had previously been part of WWE's developmental system without making a significant impact.
It made him wonder how he had missed out on recognizing Knight's potential at the time. During his time in Impact Wrestling from 2015 to 2019, Knight performed under the name Eli Drake. Jarrett acknowledged that he didn't have much personal interaction with Knight during that period.
He emphasized that the wrestling business is often a culmination of trial and error, relying on a combination of experience, timing, and learning from previous attempts. Jarrett then delved into the concept of wrestlers finding ways to connect with the audience and establish themselves as notable figures.
Sometimes, it requires a complete transformation or drawing inspiration from past wrestling greats. Knight, who had previously faced the possibility of fading into obscurity due to his short-lived Max Dupri character, ultimately returned to his roots and the elements that had garnered him popularity.
Jarrett shared that many wrestlers have borrowed from the past and successfully carved their own paths by blending various influences and making them authentic to their own personas. In conclusion, Jarrett acknowledged that inspiration plays a significant role in the wrestling industry.
Wrestlers who can amalgamate different inspirations and create something uniquely their own are not only immensely successful but also regarded as innovators. It remains to be seen how LA Knight's journey will unfold, but his ability to channel the essence of past wrestling legends while adding his personal touch has undeniably struck a chord with WWE fans.