The rumor mill has been running rampant this week following Kevin Owens’ recent loss to John Cena at WWE Battleground. According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, some decision makers in WWE don’t want Owens to succeed because they don’t see him in the caliber of Cena, Randy Orton or Seth Rollins. And to further fuel this rumor, Owens was used as one of the locker room members sent to break up the brawl between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker on Monday Night RAW. But these are just rumors and the concept of WWE thinkers not believing in Kevin Owens is not a concept I want to get behind.
Because if WWE truly wanted to bury Kevin Owens, then he would have been the fall guy on Monday’s main event against Cena, Orton and Cesaro. Instead, Owens abandoned Rusev in the middle of the match, who was too busy with Summer Rae, and walked out unpinned. And as far as the locker room brawl, Triple H, himself, was among the people trying to subdue Brock and Taker. It just added to the concept of how monumental SummerSlam’s main event is. Because this is not just any match, this is a WrestleMania rematch to vindicate The Streak. So I wouldn’t consider Kevin Owens a jobber just yet.
Then there’s the co main event that WWE teased on Monday Night RAW when John Cena challenged the integrity of Seth Rollins. John Cena wouldn’t have much of a case if he himself wasn’t still the United States champion. And let’s not forget that the purpose of John Cena winning the United States championship at WrestleMania was to bring prestige back to the US Title. The purpose of Owens vs Cena was to showcase a new threat in WWE.
Kevin Owens is a unique talent because although he’s been brought up to the main roster, he still has a foot in NXT. Samoa Joe has been itching to have a one-on-one match with Owens to see who truly is the best big man. A recovering Sami Zayn vowed to get his hands on his former best friend when he returns to the ring in 2016. And then there’s the new NXT champion Finn Balor, who will defend the championship in a rematch at NXT Takeover in Brooklyn–which I will be attending! So although his program with Cena might have ended (for now) there are still plenty of feuds left for Kevin Owens in NXT.
The Immortal Hulk Hogan praised Kevin Owens in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, stating that Owens made him a believer again. “He caught me with my guard down and he made me a believer again, he hooked me. He’s got that look, man; that demeanor and that swagger.”
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And it’s no secret that Steve Austin has been impressed by Owens after stumbling upon his “Top Moves” on YouTube (video below). He’s spoken about him on his podcast–The Steve Austin Show on Podcastone.com–prior to Owens signing to the WWE, and even had Owens on his podcast as a guest.
Kevin Owens brings a believability to the table that no one else does. When you listen to Kevin Owens talk, he comes off as this brash, smug son of a b*tch that you want to fight, but might get beat up by. He’s definitely one of the best heels that WWE has right now, and one of the best opponents, I truly believe, John Cena has had in a long time, because he’s the anti-Cena. To borrow a line from The Flash “The Man in the Yellow Suit”, some would call him the reverse.
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