LA Knight is the new Million Dollar Champion, as he defeated Cameron Grimes in a ladder match for the title at NXT TakeOver: In Your House.
In an interview with Mike Johnson of PWInsider, Knight reflected on this victory and shared his reaction to the fact that he now holds a legendary title.
“Well, it’s just crazy to think about,” said Knight. “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.”
Knight then described how he was a fan of DiBiase and the Million Dollar Championship when he was a kid; he even had an action figure of the legend, and it came with a tiny version of the title.
“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,” said Knight. “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….”
The new champion then stated that while it’s easy to focus on the idea of a childhood dream coming true, he feels that this signature victory is an overdue moment for him.
“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,” said Knight. “It’s been a long, storied road.”
[Transcription credit of Mike Johnson of PWInsider.]