Will LA Knight be the next John Cena and follow in the 16-time World Champion’s footsteps? Not exactly according to WWE CEO Nick Khan.
While Knight is immensely popular at this time, Khan doesn’t believe it makes sense for Knight to be ‘the next John Cena’ as he explained on “The Bill Simmons Podcast.” He said,
“You get a John Cena, and part of the fun is that we just need to find the next John Cena. There is no next John Cena. The next one never looks like the last one. If you look at UFC, same thing… Sometimes one, or an entity, can become fixated on, ‘Hey, this is our next so and so.’ I’ve never seen it work. LA Knight is the first LA Knight, and that’s part of why we think that he’s resonating.”
Knight has faced comparisons to Cena, Steve Austin, and The Rock, with the popular Superstar proving to be a hit with fans, as shown in merchandise sales.
At WWE Payback 2023, Knight defeated The Miz in a match that saw John Cena as the guest referee.