During last night’s brutal ladder match at NXT TakeOver: In Your House, LA Knight climbed a golden ladder to success, and became the new Million Dollar Champion.
After the show, LA Knight called in for an interview with Mike Johnson of PWInsider, and shared his reaction to holding his new million dollar prize. Check out his comments below.
On seeing the belt in person for the first time:
“Well, it’s just crazy to think about! I mean, the very first time I saw the belt, the first question was, ‘That’s the real thing? That’s not a replica? That’s the real deal.’ No, no. Oh geez, this is the only one that exists. It’s the real one. We get the name of the jeweler up in Connecticut that made it. And that blew my mind.”
On being a fan of Ted DiBiase, and the Million Dollar Championship:
“As a kid, I was there watching when it first popped up on the scene, when the thing actual happened and with Ted and he’s going into the jewelers in Connecticut and he’s getting it made... He’s checking on it and all that stuff and he brought it in and hit a home run with it. When I was a kid, I had the figure where he was wearing the green suit and it came with the Million Dollar Championship. So, that’s insanity to me to then walk in the door in NXT just four months ago, not even knowing that something like this was an option... You look at the NXT Championship and North American Championship, and those are things I’m gunning for, but then all of a sudden, wait a minute. Ted DiBiase? Million Dollar Championship? Hell yes…”
On his belief that his Championship victory is “overdue”:
“I hate when people get too hung up on it’s a childhood dream and stuff like that, but you cannot deny the fact that this is on some level…it’s something that, if I wasn’t lying, a little bit overdue for myself... It’s been a long, storied road.”
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 14, 2021