Lemme speak to ya. There may be maybe no mid-card character in WWE who appears to be making extra ahead progress with followers than LA Knight. Since being repackaged away from his Most Male Fashions gimmick, the self-proclaimed megastar got here out the opposite facet of his Bray Wyatt feud trying higher than when he went in (which isn’t simple to do), and his crowd reactions have seemingly been getting higher by the week. He’s getting a pleasant pop when he comes out, and a wholesome proportion of followers are screaming “yeah” or “lemme speak to ya” when he’s on the mic.
All of the natural momentum is there for a giant push, and actually, rumors have been swirling that he’s going to get one after WrestleMania. That’s nice information for all of us who see star potential in LA Knight, however sadly, other than some added screentime, we’re not truly seeing that momentum mirrored in his reserving on TV. The truth is, all we’ve gotten lately is plenty of losses, and lots of WWE followers have began taking to social media to complain.
Since his final victory all the best way again in January, LA Knight has taken losses to Bray Wyatt, Kofi Kingston, Santos Escobar, Kevin Owens, Drew McIntyre, Braun Strowman, Cody Rhodes and Xavier Woods. A few of these losses make all of the sense on this planet. He’s clearly not going to beat Cody Rhodes (and you could possibly argue wrestling reverse him is a long-term victory), however the sheer variety of defeats has began to frustrate plenty of followers. Many have complained on social media over the past month or so, and that fan frustration was notably loud this previous Friday night time when he misplaced to Xavier Woods of all individuals. Right here’s a pattern tweet…
Fuck this man they doing LA Knight so soiled. Nothing for Mania and now dropping to Xavier Woods with a roll up.March 18, 2023
There’s greater than 2,700 likes on that tweet, and there are dozens of additional messages from followers who can’t figure out why he’d lose to Xavier Woods. And I’m proper there with them. Perhaps there’s some masterplan I’m not seeing, however from the place I sit, LA Knight’s reserving is not sensible. He’s beginning to recover from with the gang. Individuals are responding to his catch phrases. They’re engaged when he involves the ring, and but, plenty of weeks, he’s not even given a microphone to speak, which is clearly his specialty.
Now, many followers are reassuring themselves primarily based on the rumors that he’s going to get a big push after WrestleMania. They belief Triple H, they usually assume the WWE writers are displaying us they like LA Knight by placing him on tv each week. Subsequent Friday, for example, he’s going to be working with Rey Mysterio. That’s a high-leverage match that can nearly actually embrace Dominik Mysterio and WrestleMania plot developments, however there’s now method he’s going to win that match clear. He’ll both lose or get an inexpensive heelish victory with Dominik’s assist.
Now, there are some who really feel LA Knight is doing precisely what he needs to be. They see plenty of overlap, given his mic expertise and heel character, with The Miz, and The Miz’s present job, more often than not, is to place over different individuals each week. They see the common appearances on SmackDown and really feel the writers are already rewarding him. However The Miz settled into that roll after numerous runs wherein he gained plenty of matches and constructed up credibility. You’ll be able to’t simply begin with an organization and lose indefinitely, whereas nonetheless sustaining your warmth. It’s a must to at the very least go on a run sooner or later. And all this losses might kill his reference to followers earlier than he capitalizes on it.
And possibly that run truly will come after WrestleMania (which he would not actually have a match for but by the best way). Perhaps Triple H and firm are simply ready, however even when they’re, I don’t perceive why dropping to Xavier Woods on tv helps obtain something down the street. No offense to Xavier Woods, however he appears destined to dwell within the mid-card without end. He doesn’t want wins over LA Knight as a result of he’s not constructing to something. LA Knight can and will construct, and losses like this aren’t useful.
Even when the method right here goes to be LA Knight grabbing a microphone the week after Mania and saying he’s achieved with taking Ls, these losses, in my view, ought to come to precise stars within the firm. If they need him to lose to Braun Strowman, positive. Give him a pleasant entrance, a couple of minutes to speak, let him look good within the ring after which he can get pinned. That’ll assist develop him. Bringing him out for 5 minutes to get rolled up by Xavier Woods simply makes him look dangerous long-term.
I believe LA Knight has large potential. He’s been put into dropping state of affairs after dropping state of affairs. I like Most Male Fashions as a 3rd hour of Uncooked sideshow kinda deal, however he by no means ought to have been part of that gimmick. But, when given the prospect as Max Dupri, he cooked on the mic. Then he was put right into a program with Bray Wyatt, which has been a loss of life sentence for lots of wrestlers over time, and but, regardless of all of the supernatural stuff and a match sponsored by Mountain Dew, he advised a enjoyable story and acquired over with some followers. After The Royal Rumble, he’s achieved nothing however take losses on tv, and but, followers are persevering with to assist him as a result of he makes probably the most of what he’s given.
I’m going to withhold most of my judgment till after WrestleMania. Triple H has principally made smart selections since taking up from Vince McMahon, and there’s cause to imagine he will get there’s something right here. However sooner or later, LA Knight wants to begin profitable matches and being put into positions to succeed. Fingers crossed it comes sooner slightly than later.
The WrestleMania 39 card is coming collectively and can stream free of charge with a Peacock subscription on April 1st and April 2nd. After that, anticipate WWE to introduce new storylines and push some new personalities. Hopefully a kind of new storylines will closely contain LA Knight.