Christian: "Knight Fight" Is WrestleMania For These Guys

Christian dropped by The DA Show to discuss "Knight Fight," which is basically Medieval MMA

The DA Show
January 22, 2019 - 12:03 pm

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You might know Jay “Christian” Reso from his WWE days, but he is now the host of “Knight Fight,” which is often referred to as “Medieval MMA” or “Knight Fight Club.” 

The show, which airs on History Channel, features clashes between modern-day warriors who wear more than 80 pounds of plated armor and use steel weapons to hack away at each other.

The winner gets a championship title, $10,000, and a spot in the season finale for a chance to become the first-ever Knight Fight Champion.

“To put it in wrestling terms, this is the WrestleMania for these guys, and they go out there and they leave it all in the ring,” Christian said on The DA Show. “I’m really proud of all the knights that have competed on this show. For them, this has been pretty much an underground sport at this point, and this is the biggest stage that they’ve ever had the chance to perform on.”

Christian expounded on some of the combat particulars. 

“The weapons are full size and scale and weight, but they’re blunted – so obviously they’re not sharp you’re not going to see the severing of the limbs and those sorts of things,” Christian said. “But these guys, they’re equipped in their armor. You’re looking at at least 80 pounds of extra weight on top your body, so when you get knocked down, it’s going to be a bit of a bitch to try and get back up. The vision isn’t great. You got to have your head on a swivel. You got to know where you’re at. We judge these competitors on aggression, technique and defense. If you’re applying that to the best of your abilities, the better chance for you to advance in the competition.”

Christian is one of three judges on the show, along with Andre Sinou, co-founder and creator of the Armored Combat League, and John Clements, director of the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts.

“Sometimes the judges, we don’t always agree with what we saw,” Christian said. “So sometimes there’s a little friction there as well with that.”

There’s also a human element to the show.

“As much as the physicality is great, getting to know the knights on a personal level, I think, is important, too, to have a connection with the audience,” Christian said. “I think their personalities really come through in their interview segments where maybe the viewer will like certain guys more than others. I think that’s also the beauty when you can have that connection with the viewer that can add some extra drama to the show.”

The show premiers Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 10 p.m. ET.

“They all want to be that first champion, so it’s a big deal for them. It really shines through,” Christian said. “If you like action, if you like some drama, if you like personality, if you like brutality, it’s a beautiful mixture of all of those things.”