Kevin Owens is going after the Universal Champion Roman Reigns on WWE SmackDown. And he has his edge back.
Dear WWE Creative Team,
Let me start by saying, I like babyface Kevin Owens. Maybe it’s because I’ve always like KO; however, heel, or face, he’s one of the best on the mic and in that squared circle, of this generation.
Whether he’s working a house show, television, or pay-per-view – whether he’s cutting a promo or in the ring – Owens has this way of channeling the passion he has for this business, into the moment he’s in. And fans feel this, which is why he is so popular and accepted among the fans.
Without saying that Owens has gotten “soft” the past few months, he certainly has been pretty happy-go-lucky. Maybe a little more “chill” than usual. Which is cool, because KO is also a master of bringing comic relief to storylines when needed.
But then, last night happened.
Angry Kevin Owens has been unleashed, and WWE Creative, I didn’t see it coming, but I’m so thankful I was there when it all unfolded. It took me by surprise just how quickly things turned. From the beatdown of Jey Uso to shouting messages to Roman into the camera, when the WWE Universe heads out of Survivor Series and into December things tend to get a tad less intense on TV; however, I’d call last night’s close to SmackDown anything but happy-go-lucky Kevin Owens.
When KO gets angry, which he clearly is, things just get better. As mentioned above, he’s always been at the top of his game, but unleashing an angry Kevin Owens means more intense promos, over-the-top matches, and his “don’t give an F” attitude makes not only the program he’s in more entertaining, but everything about it.
These two superstars have clashed before, but at different ends of the spectrum when Roman was a face, and KO was a heel. Add in the idea that Reigns is a shadow of his former self in the ring and on the mic, and this feud should be the highlight of the WWE holiday season.
I know this program will help to fill a time between now and the Road to WrestleMania, and while Kevin Owens deserves to headline that show, I’m okay with it. I know that KO probably won’t win that Universal Championship in this storyline, and while Kevin Owens deserves more than that, I’m okay with this too.
As a fan of KO’s, why am I okay with this? Because, after last night’s SD close, I’m invested. Angry Kevin Owens is unleashed, and mix this in with an arrogant Roman Reigns and his advocate Paul Heyman, with guest appearances by Jey Uso, I can’t wait to see how this program unfolds.