Where Are They Now?: Mideon

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July 31, 2013

During his 15 years in the ring, Dennis Knight portrayed a Texas outlaw, a pig farmer, a hired bodyguard, a Satanic disciple and WWE’s resident exhibitionist. Now, he’s aiming to combine everything he picked up along the way with his culinary skills to become a star in the world of cooking television.

Since leaving WWE in 2000, Knight has become a wizard in the kitchen, operating his own catering company and planning to throw his name in the hat for an upcoming season of the hit reality series “Food Network Star.”

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Knight’s road from the ring to the kitchen started during his youth in Clearwater, Fla. Growing up in a family of wrestling fans, he was enamored of the Florida territory, home to heroes like WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes and Mike Graham. From a young age, Knight knew he wanted to be a wrestler.

“I remember wanting to play football and go to college for that,” Knight told WWEClassics.com. “I would become a football player and then go into wrestling, like Wahoo McDaniel and Ernie Ladd.”

However, his dreams of gridiron success were cut short. While playing at Salem College in West Virginia, Knight injured his shoulder, requiring total reconstructive surgery. He went back home to Florida and entered a line of work that many of his contemporaries were in before the squared circle.

“I started bouncing, just like everybody else did,” Knight joked.

Sports-entertainment reentered his life when he discovered that some co-workers were headed over to a nearby school run by Steve Keirn to give wrestling a shot. Knight tagged along and within six months, he was competing in the territory he grew up watching.

“I was full-time right off the bat,” he explained. “I was extremely fortunate.”

Knight moved to the Carolinas to continue plying his craft before settling down for a bit in the infamous Memphis territory, working as Leatherface, a play on the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” villain. Still a youngster in the business, competing against talented names like Jerry “The King” Lawler and Jeff Jarrett was invaluable experience, though he often found himself roughing it in The River City.

“I was working five or six times a week, for $40 bucks a night,” he recalled. “I didn’t have a lot of money or anything, but I had a blast.”

Knight definitely paid his dues during his time in Memphis, enduring overnight bus trips to Dallas, Texas, where he wrestled in the legendary Sportatorium. Away from the road, he scrounged to get the most out of whatever living arrangements he could find.

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