LA Knight strolled into the O2 Arena earlier in the day alone, experiencing the occasion on his own for a WWE video, before stealing the show on SmackDown, before he was dubbed the “Megamanager” by Logan Paul, and before he had the social media star shivering in his boots from his immense popularity.
“Those cases are way up there… That’s what everyone wants tomorrow, man. You’ve got six other people talking about what they’re going to do and what they’re thinking, how they’re going to climb that ladder, but check it dude, you’ve got everyone running around, every single person who’s going to sit in these chairs tonight. “Nine out of ten of them will say, ‘The winner of this Money in the Bank is gonna be LA Knight,'” LA Knight remarked.
“How come?” Because the gravy train is coming right into London tomorrow, right into the O2 Arena, and they’re going to say, well, the match is called Money in the Bank, right? However, guess what? I am Cash in the Bank. Let’s get started, because here’s a guy who, man, you’re talking about all this groundswell, all this things that came out of nowhere. You’ve got everyone all over the world, and no matter where you go, the music is the same, and the song goes, LA Knight. Who designed it that way? This individual. I am Money in the Bank, and everyone will find out tomorrow night.
“So go ahead and do whatever you think you can to get up there, but at the end of the night, you’re going to see me climb up, grab the case, and then go on to any title that I want because that’s the way it has to be.” Yeah!”
Though the “Megastar” has worked major events in the past, with his appearance at Crypto.com Arena being a clear highlight for the man (Kayfabe) born Los Angeles Knight, Money in the Bank marks his first chance to really go over in the WWE Universe and secure his first-ever opportunity to become a WWE Champion with anything other than Ted Dibiase’s now retired title. If he can defeat a field of “Kings,” “Giants,” “Bruiserweights,” and social media stars, he will never again be called a “Megastar.”
LA Knight objects to wrestlers referring to themselves as “good talkers.”
In an interview with My Love Letter to Wrestling ahead of Money in the Bank, LA Knight was asked about how fans think he’s a better talker than a worker and how, despite understanding the criticism, he won’t be referencing it on the mic anytime soon.
“I hear the rap, ‘He’s great on the mic and okay in the ring.'” That’s fine with me because all of the guys I liked coming up were largely the same. (Hulk) Hogan was my childhood hero. My high school favorite guys, still kind of Hogan, NWO version, (Steve) Austin, Rock, (Ric) Flair. Flair is excellent, but he did nothing exceptional. The majority of it was just psychology, with things appearing nice and snappy. Splicing in things is something I enjoy doing. Not long ago, I jumped to the top and struck Butch with the superplex. I might have to repeat it at Money in the Bank. “I can splice those things in where they fit, make sense, and where I need them,” LA Knight told Fightful.
“At the same time, I try not to overstate it, ‘Oh, I’m good on the mic.'” It appears unusual to the males who brag about it. Do you believe Muhammad Ali ever said, ‘I’m the best on the mic.’ ‘I’m the best in the ring,’ he said. ‘I’m the best boxer in the world.’ When I hear guys say they are the best at talking while talking, I think to myself, ‘What does it matter in the grand scheme of things?’ It’s important for entertainment, but in the grand scheme of things, I’m trying to fight this guy, beat him, and win his championship; what the h*ll does my ability to communicate mean in that context? It counts a lot in the grand scheme of what we do in entertainment, but who cares in that universe? All you need to know is that I’m going to beat you and grab your championship, and that I’m better than you. I’m not going to tell you I’m a good talker; I’m going to show you. That’s one of my quirks: I don’t enjoy claiming I’m a good talker, even outside of the wrestling world, since it feels strange and self-serving.”
Unless Knight attends the “Will Ospreay Five-Star Wrestling Academy” – which isn’t a thing but should be – before Money in the Bank, the accusation that he’s a better talker than a worker will likely accompany the 40-year-old for the remainder of his career. But, if he can go the distance and defeat a field that includes Ricochet, Logan Paul, Shinsuke Nakamura, Damian Priest, Santos Escobar, and Butch, he’ll be known as Mr. Money in the Bank, with the potential to become the WWE Universe’s ultimate disruptor.