Johnny Knoxville’s WWE Appearance Reportedly Gets Veteran “Livid”

Johnny Knoxville wearing a green jacket in a WWE ring.

A WWE veteran is reportedly seriously unhappy at the company’s decision to let Jackass star Johnny Knoxville wrestle at the Royal Rumble.

In one of the more unexpected storylines in the build-up to the 2022 Royal Rumble, Knoxville got embroiled in problems with Sami Zayn.

Knoxville’s first action was to declare himself as a participant in the Rumble match itself. This seemed to get the ire of Zayn, who verbally berated the Jackass star on an episode of SmackDown which led to the pair going back and forth for several weeks.

With the Royal Rumble out the way the pair were still at each other’s throats, with Sami Zayn turning up at the premiere of Jackass Forever and inevitably being kicked out.

Whilst his appearances seem to have brought a light-hearted element to proceedings, it would seem one WWE veteran was less than pleased it was allowed to happen. Speaking on Fightful’s Raw Review Show, Sean Ross Sapp commented that he had been contacted directly by the veteran who was “very upset” that Knoxville was allowed to get involved in the action.

The star pointed out that Knoxville had previously suffered a brain haemorrhage and was allowed to compete, whilst Bryan Danielson was kept on the shelf for many years due to concussion protocols.

I had a WWE veteran in my DMs this week very upset because they didn’t let Bryan Danielson wrestle for years, and they’re letting Johnny Knoxville wrestle when he had a brain haemorrhage. I mean, livid.

Johnny Knoxville suffered a brain haemorrhage, concussion, broken wrist and broken ribs after being hit by a bull during the filming of Jackass Forever.

Bryan Danielson, in contrast, was forced to retire in 2016 due to concussion issues, although was then able to get cleared to return to the ring two years later.

It has also since been reported that Johnny Knoxville will be back in a WWE ring at WrestleMania, and could potentially challenge for the Intercontinental Championship.

With thanks to WrestleTalk for the transaction.