Is WWE's Max Dupri on the verge of reviving his old LA Knight character?
A fallout video from this week's episode of SmackDown certainly speculated as much. Dupri, in a clip uploaded to WWE's official YouTube channel, was shot delivering a pep talk to his Maximum Male Models stable. With his kayfabe sister Maxxine present, Dupri addressed ma.çé and mån.sôör following an eight-man tag defeat on SmackDown, telling them, amongst other things, that "You have to go through the day, to get to the Knight. Yeah."
On top of referencing his old WWE surname, Knight dropped one of his many catchphrases at the end.
Maximum Male Models and Los Lotharios lost to The Street Profits and Hit Row on the night. MMM have been feuding with Hit Row for several weeks now, with ma.çé and mån.sôör eating a two-on-two defeat to Ashante 'Thee' Adonis and Top Dolla on SmackDown's 26 August episode.
Dupri, 39, adopted the LA Knight persona upon earning WWE via NXT in February 2021. The character was essentially a rebranded version of the Eli Drake gimmick that sparked his rise in prominence in IMPACT Wrestling/TNA in the mid-to-late 2010s.