For the first time, a championship changed hands not via pinfall or submission, but by referee stoppage. It was an outcome no one was expecting, but then again, the WWE Universe had never experienced the savage nature of the man known throughout the world as “Mr. Wrestling”.
At NXT Takeover RIVAL, Kevin Owens entered his championship bout with one factor weighing heavily on his mind–to win at all costs. Because to him that championship meant more money and a better life for his wife and kids. Although that meant jeopardizing a twelve-year friendship, Kevin’s resolve to become champion outweighed that consequence.
Kevin Owens viciously dominated Sami Zayn with five consecutive powerbombs. Now if the referee hadn’t stopped the match as Owens was attempting powerbomb number 6, Sami Zayn’s career might have ended. The medical examiner from ringside actually demanded that the referee stop the match. So it’s not like Sami got screwed out of the title, he was honestly deemed unfit to compete.
Wrestling logic would have pegged Sami Zayn to retain the championship because he had worked so hard to “arrive” at NXT Takeover R-Evolution. Then again, it took Kevin Owens 14 years to get to the WWE, and he vowed that he would fight whoever stood in his way.
Two months to the day after debuting on NXT, Kevin Owens is the face of the NXT brand and that should scare the hell out of the locker room. Because if he did that to his best friend, imagine what he would do to someone he didn’t like?
Speaking of the locker room, Finn Bálor is next in line for a title shot. Can the man who uses face and body paint to intimidate and strike fear into his opponents overcome Kevin Owens?
Congratulations to both Kevin Owens on becoming the new NXT champion and to “The Boss” Sasha Banks on realizing her dreams by becoming the new NXT Womens champion. The future is definitely bright in NXT.
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