Eli Drake debuts on NXT TakeOver

Feb 14, 2021 - by Marc Middleton

LA Knight has arrived to WWE NXT.

The former Eli Drake (Shaun Ricker) made his NXT debut during tonight’s NXT “Takeover: Vengeance Day” Pre-show, interrupting the panel and cutting a promo to put the rest of the locker room on notice. Knight warned that he has his eyes on any NXT Superstar who is currently holding a title.

It was reported today by PWInsider that Knight has signed a contract with WWE after being quietly released by the NWA.

Knight appeared on TNT’s reality show The Hero back in 2013, which was hosted by The Rock. He then had a successful run with Impact Wrestling from 2015-2019, and also worked for the NWA until recently. He is a former NWA World Tag Team Champion, a one-time Impact World Champion, a one-time Impact World Tag Team Champion, and a one-time TNA King of the Mountain Champion.

Stay tuned for more on Knight in WWE. Below are a few shots from tonight’s debut:

4 Responses

  1. Taxx W Hoodchicken says:

    My dog is back in the BIG LEAGUES!

  2. Bulldawg says:


  3. Pisto75666 says:

    Well..live long enough you see everything. Didn’t think he’d ever come back to WWE. It’s disappointing that he’s there after Moxley (Ambrose) is gone. I’d have liked to see them team up again.

    Couldn’t he have chosen a better name, too? Yikes.

  4. Meh says:

    Did he call anybody a Dummy/Pacifier?

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