“I Saw a Shawn Ricker” – Ex-WWE Writer Reveals How Trash Talking on a Dwayne Johnson Produced Show Paved the Way for LA Knight’s WWE Career

Published 08/19/2023, 1:17 AM EDT

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Most of the stars on the current WWE roster eventually get their spot after working relentlessly on the independent circuit and also in other promotions. While some like ‘The Beast Incarnate’ Brock Lesnar were lucky to get spotted right out of college, others had to work their way up in other wrestling promotions.

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Then there are a chosen few like LA Knight who have been blessed with the gift of gab. And it’s exactly this gift that got him into WWE after getting noticed on a reality show that was produced by Dwayne Johnson’s production house.

LA Knight was recommended to the WWE by the creators of the reality show The Hero

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Prior to joining the WWE, LA Knight did all sorts of odd jobs. He worked at a lumber mill and also a restaurant. Until he finally found his true calling and started wrestling with the NWA. He was with them from 2009 to 2012.

He then auditioned for the reality show ‘The Hero’ which was being produced by Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions. The show was about 10 contestants who would be judged through tasks based on strength, intelligence, and ethics. And luckily he got selected because his blabbermouth smack talk was exactly what they needed in one contestant. And post the show, Brian Gewirtz who is currently the SVP for Seven Bucks Productions and has been a head writer with the WWE in the past, recommended Knight to Vince McMahon.

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On his recent appearance on The Masked Man Show, he spoke about how LA Knight was discovered. He said, “LA Knight was a contestant on 7 bucks’ first foray into reality television, The Hero. We were gonna get heroes from all walks of life, soldier and a doctor and a fireman, all this type of thing. And then when we got on zoom to cast the show, we were like ‘who’s our a*****e, we need some jerks on this show, and then I saw a Shaun Ricker come on the show as we were shooting in Panama, and piss everybody off, the other contestants on the show, insulting them and i was like, oh yeah, he is perfect for it.”

Then he mentioned pitching Knight to the WWE post the show. He added, “To the point where I think we recommended him for WWE after the show was done in 2013 and I think that might have led into his first foray into WWE”.

Seems like LA Knight’s gift of gab is actually taking him places. But maybe he has finally met his match as he might soon be getting into a feud with another trash-talking champion on RAW.

LA Knight might be heading into a heated feud with The Miz

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After winning the Slim Jim Battle Royal at SummerSlam, LA Knight made a surprise appearance last week on RAW. There he confronted Ex-WWE champion The Miz in the ring. All the fans were shocked to see Knight on RAW as he is exclusively a Smackdown product.

He started talking smack to The Miz and got him so angry to the point that Miz literally snapped. The Miz erupted and didn’t mince his words by calling Knight “An Attitude Era Boy”.

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It was quite a heated verbal confrontation and it looked like The Miz really took Knight’s words very personally. Because what followed was a full on brawl in the ring. But LA Knight got the better of him and ended it with a BFP. This indeed seems to be just the start of what might be a battle of wrestling brands RAW and Smackdown. Did you guys get a chance to see LA Knight on The Hero?

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Christopher Lazarus is a WWE writer at Essentially Sports with over 12 years of experience in radio, television and music streaming. After completing his Bachelors in Chemistry, he moved on to media for his love for the creative aspect. He has been an avid fan of WWF/WWE since the dawn of cable TV in India when main events like 'King Of The Ring' and 'Royal Rumble' were aired on Sundays through VHS cassettes.
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