We recently reported that Kevin Nash referred to current WWE SmackDown Superstar LA Knight as a rip-off of The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Here’s what ‘Big Daddy Cool’ Diesel had to say:
“Am I the only one that sees an absolute rip-off of The Rock to the point when he cut the promo on f**king Logan Paul or whatever the f**k his name is.
The only thing he didn’t do is turn the motherf**ker sideways.
Jesus Christ, does everybody have amnesia? There’s nothing original.”
After receiving some negative feedback online for his comparison, Nash addressed the situation again on an episode of his weekly ‘Kliq This’ podcast.
Here’s what the former WWF Champion had to say:
“I’m not gonna apologize. I think it’s a blatant rip-off, but I didn’t mean any harm.
There’s so many people who agree that LA is doing The Rock/Austin.
I mean, the guy’s been in the business for like 10 years. Why didn’t he get over anywhere else?
If you’re not over in 3 years, it’s probably just not gonna happen.”
This past Friday on SmackDown, LA Knight indirectly took a shot at Nash when he said the following during his promo:
“Everybody wants to use my name, everybody on the Internet wants to use my name to get views and clicks. Let’s call it what it is – I’m the best decision this company ever made. Because I stand head & shoulders above, nobody back there can touch me.”
You can watch it below:
— @LuigiWrestling (@luigiwvideos2) July 15, 2023
On the latest episode of his podcast, Nash went on to apologize to Knight:
“Well, one thing I’ve got to say is, 4 or 5 years ago, man, I thought wrestling was gonna die. I was just like, God, every show is bad. Then RAW started getting better. I’ve just never been a SmackDown guy.
We didn’t have SmackDown and when I went back, I was rarely on it. I was always a RAW guy, so I just watch RAW. That’s the show I watch. That’s the show I watch every week. I watch NXT probably the second most of anything, and now that they’re doing where they’re sending RAW guys down to NXT, now it’s got my interest because I’m trying to see who they’re giving a rub to and that they’re probably going to bring up to the main roster.
Kevin Dunn has always been so far above everybody else from a production standpoint. There were a lot of people that were saying, and we talked about it, does Vince have his hands in creative and things like that, and it’s like, I watched the show. I just said, ‘Am I the only one that sees like a better continuity going from match to interview’, like, it just seemed like things are clicking.
If LA Knight, if the people, if he’s the chosen one, if he’s the people’s champion, then he’s the people’s champion, it doesn’t f**king matter to me. If his segments do a number and that f**king helps the WWE, which I’m a stockholder, and it makes my buddy, f**king Paul’s life easier, then f**k, get over dude.
It was just one of those things where I don’t watch SmackDown, so dude, I didn’t know who the f**k you were and I apologize. But some of us that are in professional wrestling actually watch sports, watch film, occasionally read a book.
I do other things besides watch wrestling. There’s 394 hours of wrestling on television a week. I just can’t do it.”
LA Knight wrestles professionally since 2003 and was best known for his 2015-2019 run with IMPACT Wrestling as Eli Drake, where he was a World Champion, before he joined WWE in February 2021.
A lot of experts see him as a future World Champion in WWE and possibly even the #1 babyface of the company at some point.
WATCH: Nikki Bella Without Clothes (2022):