Kevin Knight: A Brief Biography
Kevin Knight is an American professional wrestler who was born on January 1, 1997. He is currently under contract with NJPW (New Japan Pro-Wrestling). Knight is a former junior heavyweight tag team champion in NJPW and the IWGP.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Kushida
Height of Kevin Knight, Weight, and Body Stats
|6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
|200 lb (91 kg)
All-time Career of Kevin Knight
Early career (2019–2020)
Knight made his professional wrestling debut on August 2, 2019, and competed for the majority of late 2019 and early 2020 for a variety of independent promotions in Canada and the United States.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2020–Present)
Young Lion (2020–2022)
Knight began his training with Katsuyori Shibata as a Young Lion at the New Japan Pro-Wrestling LA Dojo in 2020. In place of an injured Karl Fredericks, Knight made his NJPW debut on December 12 at Super J-Cup. He teamed with Ren Narita and lost to Hikuleo and Kenta of the Bullet Club.
In 2021, Knight competed on NJPW’s American-based program Strong, frequently teaming with other LA Dojo members like Karl Fredericks, Clark Connors, and Alex Coughlin. As is typical for NJPW Young Lions, Knight frequently lost most of his matches. Together with The DKC, Knight competed in the Tag Team Turbulence tournament in July, but they lost to The West Coast Wrecking Crew in the opening round. The remainder of the year saw Knight wrestle on Strong. In May 2022, Knight made his professional wrestling debut for All Elite Wrestling (AEW), teaming with The DKC in a losing effort against The Factory’s Aaron Solo and Nick Comoroto. The Factory attempted to attack the pair after the match, but they were rescued by their LA Dojo stablemates. This resulted in a match the following week in which The Factory’s Q. T. Marshall, Solo, Comoroto, Blake Li, and Brick Aldridge lost to NJPW’s Knight, Connors, Fredericks, Coughlin, and Yuya Uemura. In a dark match at Capital Collision, Comoroto defeated Knight. In June, Knight participated in an eight-man tag team match at AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door on the Buy-In, teaming with Coughlin, Uemura, and The DKC. They were defeated by The Gunn Club (Billy, Austin, and Colten Gunn), as well as Max Caster. At The Night Before Rumble on 44th Street in October, Forever Hooligans (Rocky Romero and Alex Koslov), who had come back together for just one night, were defeated by Knight and The DKC. In a three-way tag team match for the Strong Openweight Tag Team Championship the following night at Rumble on 44th Street, Knight, and The DKC again teamed up but fell short to The Motor City Machine Guns and Aussie Open.
Teaming with Kushida (2022–Present)
Connors, Coughlin, and Gabriel Kidd helped Knight make his NJPW debut in Japan on November 20 at Historic X-Over by defeating Kosei Fujita, Oskar Leube, Ryohei Oiwa, and Yuto Nakashima on the pre-show. Additionally, it was revealed that Knight would make his NJPW debut and compete in the Super Junior Tag League alongside Kushida, who frequently served as a trainer at the LA Dojo. In order to better match his partner Kushida and signal his graduation as a Young Lion, Knight forwent the traditional black trunks worn by NJPW Young Lions during the competition in favor of bright orange attire and sunglasses. With 4 points at the tournament’s conclusion, the team missed out on the championship round.
Impact Wrestling (2023–Present)
After the competition, Knight and Kushida continued to collaborate, and on January 14, when Knight made his Impact Wrestling debut, he defeated The Good Hands (Jason Hotch and John Skyler) alongside Kushida. Knight and The DKC returned to AEW on the January 18th episode of Dynamite, where they accompanied Kushida to the ring for his TNT Championship match against Darby Allin. Kushida and Knight were defeated by Ace Austin and Chris Bey of the Bullet Club on January 20 in Impact Wrestling. Kenny King defeated Knight on February 25. Knight competed in a six-way scramble match for the Impact X Division Championship on March 30 at Multiverse United, an Impact and NJPW co-produced show, but champion Trey Miguel was able to keep the belt. Knight and Kushida launched their collaboration as Jet Setters in April. Knight and Kushida defeated Catch 2/2 (T. J. Perkins and Francesco Akira) on April 27 to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, making it the first NJPW title for Knight.
Knight participated in his first Best of the Super Juniors competition the following month, competing in the B block. Knight failed to make it to the semi-finals after finishing his tournament campaign with 6 points. Jet Setters lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships to Catch 2/2 in a rematch on June 4 at Dominion 6.4 in Osaka-jo Hall.
On June 29, 2023, it was revealed that Kevin Knight would compete against Mike Bailey, Kushida, Jonathan Gresham, and Angels in a 5-way Ultimate X match on July 15, 2023, at Impact Slammiversary of the year 2023, to determine who would be the top contender for the Impact X Division Championship.