Not since The Nexus invasion angle has the NXT mainstays made such an impact in the realm of Monday Night RAW. Three weeks ago in Montreal, the hometown hero Sami Zayn fought through a bad shoulder to answer John Cena’s Open Challenge. The following week in Cincinnati, Neville, NXT’s longest reigning champion, took Cena to the distance when he almost captured the United States title. And then there was Kevin Owens. The NXT champion shocked the world–including his son Owen, who was watching at home–when he stepped into the ring with John Cena.
John Cena quickly put up his defenses, as he usually does, and attempted to school Owens with veteran advice; but if you know Kevin Owens, like we know Kevin Owens, you cannot out-talk Kevin Owens. “Mr. Wrestling” belittled Cena’s veteran status and reminded him that he has been wrestling a lot longer than him, but the only difference is that he didn’t get his big break until now.
Then Cena lifted his US Title and granted Owens an opportunity, but Owens proudly stated that he already had a prize and that was the NXT championship. By the end of the stand-off, Kevin Owens surprised Cena with a pop-up powerbomb. And as Cena was lying flat on his back, Owens looked at both the NXT and US titles, and dropped Cena’s belt. Then–to add insult to even more insult–Owens stepped on the US Title and raised his NXT championship as a statement to which championship was the most prestigious.
Before laying Cena on his backside, Owens mentioned that he was a prize-fighter and that he would fight Cena on his own terms. And after a backstage segment with WWE C.O.O. and NXT Father-Figure Triple H, Kevin Owens announced that he would face John Cena in Corpus Christi at the Elimination Chamber.
This month will perhaps be the most important month in Owens’ WWE career as he also has a title defense against his friend of over twelve-years Sami Zayn at NXT Takeover: Unstoppable. Since winning the championship from Zayn (read “Kevin Owens Takes Over NXT“), Kevin Owens has been unstoppable by dropping every opponent with a powerbomb on the side of the ring apron. He’s also made it very ominous that he will end Zayn’s career this Wednesday at Takeover.
If Owens does manage to retain the championship and walk into Corpus Christi still the NXT champion, it would be the very first time that an NXT champion crossed over to a WWE pay-per-view. Not to mention if he manages to beat John Cena? How would that impact the course of the WWE and Kevin Owens’ career?
Kevin Owens would have to be brought up to the main roster. But Owens is a prize-fighter, he wouldn’t be satisfied simply vying for the US Title. No. He would want to go after the WWE World Heavyweight championship. Factor in that Seth Rollins is the WWE champion and Triple H’s chosen one. How would that play out seeing as Owens is H’s chosen one in NXT? Would Seth Rollins lose his place on the pedestal and be replaced by Kevin Owens?
Perhaps we are getting a little ahead of ourselves, but Kevin Owens’ shocking debut on RAW to face off against John Cena is a proclamation that there are no boundaries that Owens will not cross. And as far as Owens is concerned, this is his big break and nothing will stop him.
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