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LA Knight Bio
LA Knight

Birth Name: Shaun Ricker

Date of Birth: November 1, 1982 Hagerstown, Maryland, U.S.

Age: 40

Height: 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)

Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)

Trained by: Cody Hawk

Debut: February 15, 2003

Finisher: BFT (Blood Force Trauma) or also known as Snapmare Driver

Catch Phrase: Yeah! and Let Me Talk To Ya!


LA Knight (original nameShaun Ricker) is an American professional wrestler. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name LA Knight. He is also known for his time in Impact Wrestling, where he performed under the ring name Eli Drake.

Ricker began his wrestling career on the independent circuit in 2003. He joined Championship Wrestling from Hollywood (CW) in 2010, when the promotion was affiliated with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). After leaving in 2013, he signed a developmental contract with WWE and performed in its then-developmental territory NXT under the ring name Slate Randall, before being released in 2014.

He signed with Impact Wrestling in 2015 and soon found breakout success, becoming a one-time Impact Global Champion, one-time TNA King of the Mountain Champion, and one-time Impact World Tag Team Champion alongside Scott Steiner. He also won Impact’s Feast or Fired briefcase twice.

After leaving Impact in 2019, Ricker signed with the rebooted NWA, where he became a one-time NWA World Tag Team Champion alongside James Storm. He left the NWA in 2021 to rejoin WWE, where he returned to NXT and was renamed LA Knight. He moved up to the main roster in 2022 and was given a manager role, portraying a talent agent named Max Dupri who led the Maximum Male Models group.

He betrayed the group a few months later and reverted back to his LA Knight persona, subsequently resuming his in-ring wrestling career and accumulating an enormous level of fan support due to his promo delivery skills and character work despite being booked to lose most of his matches.

Professional Wrestling Career

Here the timeline of LA Knight’s career is mentioned. To know the detailed accomplishments and further information about LA Knight refer Wikipedia page.

  • Early career (2003–2010)
  • National Wrestling Alliance (2009–2012)
  • WWE (2013–2014)
  • Return to the independent circuit (2014–2019)
  • Total Nonstop Action Wrestling / Impact Wrestling (2015–2019)
  • Fact of Life and Namer of Dummies (2016–2017)
  • Impact Global Champion (2017–2018)
  • Feuding with hardcore wrestlers and departure (2018–2019)
  • National Wrestling Alliance (2019–2021)
  • Return to WWE
    • NXT (2021–2022)
    • Main roster (2022–present)

Championships and Accomplishements

  • Championship Wrestling From Hollywood
    • CWFH Heritage Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • NWA Heritage Tag Team Championship (2 times)
    • Red Carpet Rumble (2013)
  • DDT Pro-Wrestling
    • Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship (1 time)
  • Future Stars of Wrestling
    • FSW Heavyweight Championship (2 time)
  • Empire Wrestling Federation
    • EWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • Great Goliath Battle Royal (2011)
  • Heartland Wrestling Association
    • HWA Television Championship (1 time)
  • Mach One Wrestling
    • M1W Tag Team Championship (1 time)
    • M1W Tag Team Championship Tournament (2010)
  • National Wrestling Alliance
    • NWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • Ranked No. 32 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2018
  • Pro Wrestling Revolution
    • PWR Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Total Nonstop Action Wrestling / Impact Wrestling
    • Impact World Championship (1 time)
    • Impact World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
    • TNA King of the Mountain Championship (1 time)
    • Gauntlet for the Gold (2016, 2017 – Heavyweight)
    • Race for the Case (2017 – Red Case)
    • Feast or Fired (2016 – King of the Mountain Championship contract)
    • Feast or Fired (2018 – World Tag Team Championship contract)
  • Ultimate Championship Wrestling
    • UCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Worst Gimmick (2022) as part of Maximum Male Models
  • WWE
    • Million Dollar Championship (1 time) (NXT)

Ring Names

  • Shaun Ricker
  • Dick Rick
  • Dick Rick Leykis
  • Deuce
  • Slate Randall
  • Eli Drake
  • Max Dupri
  • LA Knight

LA Knight Official Social Media Handles

Instagram: reallaknight

Twitter: RealLAKnight

Some Interesting Facts

Here are some interesting facts about LA Knight:

  • He is a graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
  • He is a former amateur wrestler.
  • He is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
  • He is a vegan.
  • He is a co-host of the podcast “The Wrestling Perspective”.

LA Knight is a talented and versatile wrestler who is sure to have a successful career in WWE. He is a great addition to the SmackDown brand, and I am excited to see what he accomplishes in the future.