Zak Knight serves as the head coach at the WAW Academy and acts as a mentor to the five trainee wrestlers featured in Step Into The Ring. The documentary touches on Zak’s own past struggles, showing his depression after unsuccessful tryouts with the WWE. We see Jack Lowden’s portrayal of Zak in the film ‘Fighting With My Family’, which shows a dramatisation of his rejection, something that Zak suggests was “almost it” for him.
Zak describes his experiences of the tryouts and began questioning both himself and his profession. He gets emotional while talking about his mental breakdown following his failure to achieve his goal, speaking openly about his past struggles and how they have defined him.
Zak also discusses how his spiralling depression caused him to neglect his family, only breaking free from his focus on “making it” when he realised that family was more important to him. His past struggles his own mental health make Zak the perfect mentor for Pocket and Imogen, helping them to avoid going down the same route he took.