Despite a boring Monday Night Raw this past week, Kevin Owens was arguably the star of the show. He was the second segment and announced that he will defend his Intercontinental championship at WrestleMania. After his sensational match with AJ Styles, he cut a great promo talking about how great he is and who deserves to face him at the Grandaddy of Them All. Sami Zayn, the Miz, and Dolph Ziggler came out to challenge KO.
Fast-forward to the top of the third hour. Owens came out and simply trolled the WWE Universe. Stardust, Zack Ryder, and Sin Cara were brought out to have a triple threat match and the winner would face him at WrestleMania in a one-on-one match. It was supposed to be Miz, Zayn, and Ziggler, but Owens was being the perfect heel in that situation.
After the match was interrupted, Stephanie McMahon announced that he would defend his Intercontinental championship against all six of them at WrestleMania in a ladder match. Truthfully, the WWE Universe knew the match was coming. If there weren’t so many injuries, the people in the match would be better. Neville was supposed to be there, but his broken ankle won’t allow that.
Point being, Kevin Owens is doing exactly what he is supposed to for WrestleMania. The main event is not going to excite most fans, as Roman Reigns and Triple H isn’t what the fans want. Therefore, Owens will want to steal the show, which he most likely will. All the guys in the match are formidable opponents. In a recent interview with Chad Dukes, Owens talked about WrestleMania, as well as blocking people on Twitter.
“He feels like he’s elevated the prestige of the belt over the past year and he understands that everybody wants to make a name for themselves off his hard work.”
“‘That’s all well and good,’ he said. ‘People might think that being a seven man ladder match for the Intercontinental Title works to my disadvantage but it’s just more bodies for me to attack with ladders and once I’m standing over them proudly with the Intercontinental title raised proudly above my head, I show everybody KO Mania’s all about, I feel like all those guys will realize what a mistake they made.'”
“‘I block lot of people. As many people I respond to, I block way more people. Like anybody that says anything that I feel is disrespectful in any way, I block. I’ve blocked people for saying I was their second favorite wrestler. You’re blocked.’ He added that blocking people gets them even more riled up. It’s a vicious cycle, but he enjoys it.”
Respect is not given in professional wrestling. Ask CM Punk that and he will tell you first-hand. Respect is earned in this business and Kevin Owens has definitely earned the respect of every pro wrestling fan in the world. His work in the WWE, while the product is nearly at it’s all-time most bland state, is still churning out gold in every segment.
When the WWE goes through times like this, it’s easy for talent to get complacent. I can’t name any names specifically, but it’s mostly an educated guess. His match, unless it’s behind Dean Ambrose’s, will steal the show at WrestleMania, because Owens doesn’t know how to get complacent.
From his time in the Indy scene to his WWE NXT debut, Owens has always worked very hard and continued to entertain the audience. At WrestleMania, it will be Owens’ debut. Don’t be surprised if he pulls out all the tricks for that bout.
[Image via WWE]