Kevin Owens refused to sign the contract unless if it was for the NXT Championship, claiming that he didn’t care about fighting Sami Zayn, all he cared about was the championship. The champion demanded from NXT General Manager William Regal to make his match with Owens at NXT Takeover RIVAL a championship match because he knows Owens, he’s known him for twelve years, and knows that he wouldn’t do it for anything less. As hard of a concept it may be to grasp for some WWE fans, there is wrestling outside McMahon’s Magical Kingdom.
As early as Kevin’s Combat Zone Wrestling debut match back in 2004, he encountered Sami Zayn, who was known at the time as El Generico–the Olé chants make sense now, don’t they? The two teamed briefly for a while before moving over towards Pro Wrestling Guerilla where they soon became two-time PWG World Tag Team champions.
Then their budding rivalry came to an all time high when venturing over to Ring of Honor Wrestling. As a team, Kevin and Generico became the ROH World Tag Team champions, but after losing the titles and enduring a series of unsuccessful attempts at regaining the gold, Kevin turned on Generico a la Michaels and Jannetty.
Owens’ actions sparked one of the most violent feuds in Ring of Honor history. He bloodied Generico with steel chairs, steel chains and ladders. He even unmasked Generico at the conclusion of one match, and would soon wear the mask on his hand and talk to it, place it on a steel chair–same chair he would use on Generico–to cut a promo on it. Sometimes he would just wear the mask in the ring to get a rise out of Generico.
The feud culminated in an unsanctioned Fight Without Honor match following the main event at Final Battle 2010 at the Manhattan Center, where Kevin put his ROH career on the line against Generico’s mask. Kevin lost the match and was ousted out of Ring of Honor for a long time.
Now fast forward to NXT Takeover R-Evolution, Kevin Owens power bombing Sami Zayn against the ring apron might have been unexpected to WWE fans, but for the wrestling fans who have followed their independent careers knew it was only a matter of time.
Although this 12-year feud has WrestleMania potential written all over it, I couldn’t imagine seeing this match anywhere else than on a NXT live special where these two will be given ample time to tell their story in the ring.
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