Shaun Ricker is a 39-year-old professional wrestler from Hagerstown, Maryland. Ricker is currently signed with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and performs on SmackDown. His ring name is Max Dupri.
Ricker’s Early Wrestling Career
Ricker began his wrestling career in 2003 on the independent circuit. Ricker wrestled for Heartland Wrestling Association (HWA) under the ring name, Deuce. On November 9, 2004, Deuce won the HWA Television Championship but lost it less than two months later on January 4, 2005. He later joined Championship Wrestling from Hollywood (CWFH) in 2010.
Ricker Signs WWE Developmental Contract
In 2008, Ricker made his first WWE appearance in a dark match on ECW. He teamed with Gene Snitsky and lost against Cryme Tyme. Ricker also appeared in 2011, during a segment between CM Punk and Kevin Nash in the role of a security guard (the infamous text message promo). He reported to the WWE Performance Center and was assigned the ring name, Slate Randall, while performing for NXT. He defeated Yoshi Tatsu in a dark match in television tapings of NXT in October 2013.
Following that win, he only competed as an enhancement talent for NXT, losing to names such as Mason Ryan, Baron Corbin, and Mojo Rawley. His final match was on May 2, 2014 at an NXT Live event. On August 1, 2014, he was released from his WWE contract.
Ricker Returns to Independent Circuit
After his release from WWE, Ricker returned to wrestling on the independent circuit. At Full Impact Pro’s Fallout, Ricker participated in a trios tournament alongside Mason Ryan and Michael Tarver. They were defeated by the Full Impact Puerto Ricans (Lince Dorado, Jay Cruz, and Jay Rios) in the tournament’s semifinals.
Ricker signed with Impact Wrestling (once known as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling [TNA]) in 2015. He had great success performing for Impact/TNA. He held the Impact Global Championship, the TNA King of the Mountain Championship, and the Impact World Tag Team Championship (with Scott Steiner), once each. Ricker also won Impact’s Feast or Fired briefcase twice.
After leaving Impact in 2019, Ricker signed with the recently-rebooted NWA, and held the NWA World Tag Team Championship (with James Storm) once. He left the NWA in 2021 to re-sign with WWE.
Ricker’s Return to WWE
On February 14, 2021, it was announced that Ricker had re-signed with WWE. He made his debut as a heel at NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day. At the event, it was revealed his new ring name would be LA Knight. At TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, Knight participated in a Gauntlet Eliminator for a future NXT North American Championship match, but was defeated. In May, Knight aligned himself with Ted DiBiase and he defeated Cameron Grimes in a ladder match for the re-introduced Million Dollar Championship at TakeOver: In Your House.
Knight later turned on DiBiase, attacking him during the title ceremony, before being driven off by Grimes. At The Great American Bash, Knight then defeated Grimes and as per the stipulation of the rematch, Grimes became Knight’s personal butler. On the August 10 episode of NXT, Knight agreed to defend the championship against Grimes at NXT TakeOver 36. The condition was however that if Knight won, DiBiase would replace Grimes as Knight’s personal butler. At the event, Knight lost the title to Grimes following interference from DiBiase, ending his reign at 70 days.
LA Knight’s Various Feuds
In October, Knight began a feud with Grayson Waller. On the November 23rd episode of NXT, a double turn took place; Waller turned heel by berating the fans, and Knight turned face by displaying fighting spirit attitude. Before his match with Joe Gacy, Knight was attacked by Waller. At WarGames, Knight teamed with Johnny Gargano, Pete Dunne, and Tommaso Ciampa as Team Black & Gold. They lost to Team 2.0 (Bron Breakker, Carmelo Hayes, Grayson Waller, and Tony D’Angelo) in a WarGames match.
In March, Knight started a brief feud with Gunther when he took offense at Knight getting an NXT Championship match by calling out Dolph Ziggler. The next week, Knight confronted Gunther after his match with Duke Hudson. He challenged him to a match at NXT Stand & Deliver, which he lost. This turned out to be his final NXT appearance.
LA Knight Moves to Main Roster
Knight made his first main roster appearance on the January 24, 2022 episode of RAW. At this appearance, he participated in a backstage segment with The Dirty Dawgs (Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode). On the January 27 episode of Main Event, Knight defeated Cedric Alexander in his first match on the main roster.
In a dark segment before the April 15 episode of SmackDown, Knight appeared as a villainous manager by announcing his new stable, “Knight Model Management.” He became the manager of Mace and Mansoor. On the May 20th episode of SmackDown, he made his televised debut on the brand under the ring name Max Dupri, revealing his stable Maximum Male Models.
Birth name: Shaun Ricker
Born: November 1, 1992, Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Height: 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight: 240 lb (110 kg)
Ring name(s): Deuce, Dick Rick, Dick Rick Leykis, El Hijo de Trump, Eli Drake, LA Knight, Max Dupri, Shaun Ricker, Slate Randall
Current Roster: WWE SmackDown
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Career Championships & Accomplishments
- 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) – with Brian Cage
- M1W Tag Team Championship Tournament (2010) – with Brian Cage
- National Wrestling Alliance
- NWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- 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)
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- Million Dollar Championship (1 time)