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After Finn Balor’s shoulder injury meant he had to forfeit the title not even a day after he became its first holder at Summerslam, the new champion was to be decided in an elimination match between Big Cass, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens.
“Yeah, I’ve read that one before. Roman wins,” we all thought. But in the closing moments of the match, Triple H made his first WWE appearance since Wrestlemania 32, pedigreeing both Reigns and Rollins to give Owens the title.
Owens’ reaction appeared so genuine, along with Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon’s facial expressions at ringside, many thought the result was a swerve on all those involved. Did Owens actually not know he’d be winning the match?
According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer…no. “This was not like Lesnar vs. Orton at all, and everyone involved knew what was up and were just good actors.”
Another wonderful reaction was that of Kevin Owens’ 8-year-old son Owen. That doesn’t mean his real name is Owen Owens. It’s Owen Steen, from Kevin Owens’ real last name. That’s very confusing to write.
KO’s wife Karina shared an adorable video of Owen being overwhelmed by his dad’s big win on Instagram, which ESPN NBA anal-yst and Sportscenter regular Amin Elhassan decided to Tweet in reply: “Until someone told him it was scripted”.
You’re a douchebag, Amin.
Former WCW, WWE and TNA booker Vince Russo wasn’t happy with Owens’ title win either, which he explained on his The Brand podcast:
“Would I make Kevin Owens the hood ornament of my company? No, I would not! I don’t see Kevin Owens sitting next to Kelly Rippa. I don’t see that. If you disagree with me, I don’t care. It doesn’t matter to me. But, you’re replacing John Cena is what you are doing, which is preposterous. That is absolutely freaking ridiculous. Then I hear things like; ‘oh, says the guy who put the belt on David Arquette.’ First of all, David Arquette was more over than Kevin Owens will ever be. Casual wrestling fans and casual wrestling viewers in general knew who David Arquette was. That’s first of all. Casual viewers have no idea who Kevin Owens is, and every time he comes out, literally they’re like, who is this guy? So, that comparison is ridiculous.”
Meanwhile, Hulk Hogan had some very Hulk Hogan advice for Owens on Eric Bischoff’s podcast for not just getting over with the casual viewers, but with WWE management too:
“If you want to be a main event guy. If you want to be consistently configured in the main events for twenty or twenty-five years, however long you want to do it, you’ve got to be a great politician. You’ve got to be a politician in the ring. You’ve got to be a politician in the dressing room. You’ve got to be a great, smart politician when you’re working with Vince and Triple H. You’ve got to be a politician when you’re out in public, especially. You’ve got to be a politician when you’re with a group of men or women. It’s all about having that finesse to really make sure in every different situation that you understand the game. I don’t know how much Kevin understands the overall game but that has a direct influence on how long he’s going to become a dominant force. Or stay a dominant force in this business. He has to understand the game.”
I guess that last sentence works in two ways.
What do you think Kevin Owens needs to do to succeed as Universal Champion? Let us know in the comments.