When LA Knight first debuted on the WWE main roster, Vince McMahon turned him into Max Dupri, the manager of Maximum Male Models.
However, when Triple H took over the creative process, he dropped the Max Dupri character and brought back LA Knight as a wrestler.
During a recent interview with Daily Mail, Knight said that WWE originally turned him into a manager due to his age:
“I come up for a dark match, I get the attention of the right people. ‘Hey, who is this guy?’ but then the age thing comes up – (whispers) ‘oh no, he’s 40, danger’.
But I’m not the average 40-year-old. I haven’t gone through the ringer. I haven’t had a bunch of surgeries or injuries, knock on that wood. I’ve lived a good, youthful life in a certain sense and I’ve taken care of myself in a way I would say most don’t.
And also, I look a certain way where obviously I’ve got somebody’s attention. But that number came up and it was like ‘well ok, maybe we make him a manager’.
So some things happened there. It was not my cup of tea and definitely I don’t think it was for me. But somehow, there I was. Some things happened that we don’t need to go into and then eventually LA Knight was back.”
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