WWE Cash within the Financial institution 2023 was an opportunity for LA Knight to achieve the head of his profession, however as a substitute, it was Damian Priest who gained the lads’s Cash within the Financial institution briefcase and a assured future world title shot.
In 2023, no WWE star has grown extra fashionable extra shortly than Knight, a former Impression Wrestling star and WWE developmental expertise who was actually released by the corporate in 2014. Almost a decade later, Knight ought to have completed one thing that—with a number of exceptions—nearly ensures a future world title reign.
Would which were the apparent consequence? Effectively, sure. However typically, the apparent consequence can be the perfect one, and Knight—not Priest—successful the lads’s MITB match was a type of occasions.
Coming into Cash within the Financial institution, quite a few WWE officers reportedly pushed for Knight to win the coveted briefcase, regardless of each Priest and social media sensation Logan Paul additionally being thought of as potential winners. Paul would have been the probably winner if Triple H wasn’t part of WWE’s artistic course of, as “The Sport” reportedly didn’t want Paul to win the match.
With Paul potentially slated for a feud with Sheamus and Priest not but solidified as a headliner regardless that WWE officers viewing him as one, Knight grew to become not simply the overwhelming logical favourite however the sentimenal favourite as nicely. There’s nothing inherently unsuitable with Priest’s victory as he’s an excellent expertise, nevertheless it was Knight’s time to shine.
In any case, regardless of technically being booked as a heel throughout his principal roster stint and getting completely squashed by Bray Wyatt at Royal Rumble in January, Knight’s recognition has been exploding at a speedy charge.
Final month, Knight himself defined on WWE’s The Bump (h/t Sportskeeda) why he thinks he caught on with followers: “I did not get shoved down anyone’s throat. I wasn’t anyone’s man. I got here in and I did my factor, and the entire world, whether or not you are taking me to Saudi Arabia, whether or not you are taking me to London, whether or not you are taking me to Puerto Rico, you may take me to Cell, Alabama. And each place goes to make a complete lot of noise for LA Knight. You recognize why that’s? As a result of they will see that I stand head and shoulders above everyone strolling.”
In different phrases, Knight grew to become fashionable in an natural trend.
Naturally skyrocketing recognition, particularly in professional wrestling, is a rarity, and but, WWE simply struck gold with Sami Zayn over the previous few years. Knight isn’t fairly at that degree, however regardless that WWE has oddly caught him in a heel function, the sudden groundswell of assist has left WWE with no selection: Knight must be elevated to the highest of the cardboard, or fan resentment will probably be a significant subject.
At Cash within the Financial institution, WWE’s artistic crew had the proper alternative to propel Knight towards the world title with one big leap. As an alternative, backstage favourite Priest obtained the career-defining victory, and in the long term, it might work out for Priest and WWE.
However Knight is hotter than every other WWE star proper now, and WWE’s choice to not strike at Cash within the Financial institution stays a large head-scratcher.