NAME: “Mighty” Matt Knost
MEMBER OF: Top 10
FACTION: The Horsemen
OVERALL RECORD: 2-2
FORM (Most recent first): WWLL
By Cameron Hass
Since the Schmoedown’s inception, there have been 11 people to hold a belt. One of those people, despite his detractors, is Matt Knost.
Knost has been a touchstone and building block of the team league along with Top 10 partner, John Rocha, and it was after this success that the Commissioner granted Knost a qualifying match for the 2016 Ultimate Schmoedown against Eliot Dewberry. After many funny quips and one liners, Knost came up agonisingly short in his unfortunate singles debut.
Four months later Knost’s second singles outing, taking on a rookie by the name of Drew McWeeny. Little did we know quite how formidable a competitor “The Godfather” would become, but Knost still picked up 12 points and took McWeeny to the second last question before ending 2016 with an 0-2 record.
A disappointing second half of the season was compounded at Spectacular as Top 10 lost the team belts to the Patriots, leaving a grey cloud over Knost’s Schmoedown career. In late March 2017 he made his return to singles to face RB3, and in a tit-for-tat match, Knost eventually prevailed in overtime in what was the first nail in the Young Bucks coffin.
That left him in a similar position to that of the previous year, knowing a win over Lion’s Den patriarch, Tom Dagnino, would secure a berth in the singles tournament. Dagnino had just come off of a respectable performance in defeat to former team-mate Josh Macuga, and he himself was looking at a potential spot in the Ultimate Schmoedown. In the end, a tough sports movie category in Round Two was Dagnino’s downfall as Knost squared up his own record with a TKO victory.
A noted improvement in his team matches has led many to believe that Knost is now finding his footing as a Schmoedown competitor, and though he faces a tough road to climb into the upper echelons of the rankings, his good-natured quips and laid back attitude means he will always remain a fan favourite.