There is new speculation about LA Knight possibly returning to the WWE storylines.
During SmackDown on Friday, the ma.çé and mån.sôör of Maximum Male Models took a defeat against The New Day. After the match, Max Dupri snapped and lashed out at ma.çé, mån.sôör and Maxxine Dupri for posing for photos instead of focusing on the match. Max then stormed off and left alone.
“LA Knight” has been a trending topic on social media since last night’s segment. This angle came after several recent teasers, including two from this month – one segment after the show on September 9, Max was seen telling his crew to “get through the day to reach the night,” before closing his statement with a “yes,” which was Knight’s catchphrase. Then on last week’s SmackDown in Anaheim, called Max how close they were to “LA” or Los Angeles. He paused when the crowd responded with a thud.
There’s been strong speculation that WWE might drop the Dupri character for a return to the Knight character since WWE Chief Content Officer Triple H took over the creative, and now it looks like we may be getting that change sooner rather than later.
Max was originally signed to a WWE development deal from mid-2013 to August 1, 2014. After a return to the Indies, a successful run with Impact Wrestling and then a stint with the NWA, he was re-signed to WWE in February 2021. Max worked as a heel in WWE NXT, as LA Knight, until he babyfaced during a fall 2021 feud against Grayson Waller. A main roster was rumored to be called up, but then the knight’s character was rejected when he was called up to SmackDown in April of this year, and that was the beginning of Maximum Male Models’ storyline, which got a lot of negative feedback at the time. . . The change from Knight to Dupri left a lot of people scratching their heads because of how hot Knight was at the time of his call.
It will be interesting to see what happens to the former Mace, Mansoor and Sofia Cromwell when WWE Max turns back to LA. Earlier this year, it was reported that the Maximum Male Models storyline was a pet project by former WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.
Below are footage from last night’s match and the post-match segment on SmackDown:
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