LA Knight is arguably the biggest attraction on WWE’s Friday Night SmackDown, and there’s hardly any doubt about it. After enjoying success all around the world, the 40-year-old now looks more than ready to finally get to the top of the Stamford-based promotion’s roster.
With Knight being a prominent name in the Triple H-led promotion, he now enjoys a lot of limelight, and even his old stuff makes it into the headlines. In a similar fashion, a vintage video of the star’s young days is resurfacing on the internet, as LA is seen copying Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan’s trademark moves.
In the 27-second viral video, the SmackDown star is seen performing The Hulkster’s iconic impersonations to upper perfection, and fans have been showing love for it. As he seems pretty old in the clip, Knight is believed to have been a teenager when it was recorded.
What makes it crystal clear that he was probably a huge fan of Hollywood Hogan at that time is that he’s seen wearing Hulk’s merchandise. In addition to it, LA also has a title around his waist, which shows how old his love for pro wrestling is, and it has probably been the reason why he’s dedicated his life to the industry.
LA Knight says Hulk Hogan made a huge impact on his career
While it’s obvious that LA Knight admired The Hulkster as a teenager, he also believes that the Hall of Famer made a huge impact on his career. The fan-favorite star revealed this during an interview, as he said that his journey has been influenced by a number of pro wrestling icons, including Hulk Hogan.
During his conversation with Inside The Ropes, he was asked about how people accuse him of copying pro wrestling icons, and LA gave his reply in style. The former NXT star said that he’s been listening to all this since he started his career about two decades ago, in 2003.
Knight said, “When I first started people would say he sounds like The Rock or he sounds like Austin, even I think my second set of gear when I was in Ohio, I had red and yellow. Oh, he’s being Hulk Hogan! Everybody is going to make comparisons to some sort and I’m 100 per cent influenced by those guys, absolutely,” (Via: Wrestling Inc)
Some people may not agree to it, but it’s probably true that even though LA was influenced by icons, he’s made a name for himself. In the current WWE roster, he’s arguably the most popular performer, and it looks like just a matter of time before he gets a well-deserved title-run in the Triple H-led promotion.