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Kevin Owens Is Breaking The WWE Mold

I will be the first to admit that I was wrong and guess what? I was wrong about Kevin Owens. The WWE has shown a commitment to Owens not seen since the Shield and the payoff may be the next elite superstar of the future.

As excited as some were about Owens coming in to wrestle John Cena, it was hard to ignore the obvious. The history of WWE creative shows that they get it wrong more than they get it right. Owens starting at the top had disaster written all over it yet in this case they got it right. You don’t get many better opening nights than the one Owens had at Payback.

Then came Money in the Bank and “the most anticipated rematch in WWE history” or at least that is what Michael Cole was trying to sell us. Like many, I was concerned. The obvious finish here was Cena going over and history told us that was where this was going to go. Cena did indeed go over but the creative team did a fantastic job of keeping his heat strong. As a matter of a fact look no further than this match as an example of a guy getting hotter with a loss. The match was tremendous and Owens post-match activities at MITB and on RAW have him hotter than anyone could have imagined.

I want to take a step back a second and ask a simple question. Why Owens? With all due respect to Owens, and I really enjoyed working with him in CZW, what is it about Owens that broke the mold? Owens is not the prototypical wrestler by physique that the WWE has and I can’t recall in recent memory a guy wrestling in bike shorts and a t-shirt on RAW. Yet for whatever reason the company is solidly behind Owens and it’s paying off.

Even Rusev’s push pales in comparison to the treatment that Owens is receiving from the creative team. Yes Rusev was kept undefeated but who did he beat? He was beating guys like Jack Swagger and Big E. Langston before he got to Cena. Yet I don’t think anyone could argue that Owens losing to Cena at MITB did much more for him than Rusev’s year of rolling through low-mid card wrestlers. Did they learn from Rusev or is the commitment just that much different when it comes to Owens?

While we have all been preconditioned to what WWE stars are supposed to look like, the bottom line is that variety is good. It’s painfully boring to watch a show where everyone looks, walks, talks, and wrestles the same. Owens is different and different is great, especially in pro wrestling. I have read all kinds of comparisons to Owens in recent weeks but I liken him to one of my favorite wrestlers of all-time, Magnificent Don Muraco. Muraco and Owens had similar physiques and while both were different in the ring, their psychology is eerily similar. In regards to promos I think Muraco is one of the greatest of all-time while Owens has been money in recent weeks. Yet for some reason we haven’t seen many Muracos over the last 20-years and that’s a shame because you are missing out on a guy who sold out many arenas in his day.

Who knows what happens with Owens from here. I don’t know how he fits into the Authority storyline other than a babyface turn and I don’t know how quickly you go back to him and Cena but the WWE has struck gold with this guy and I couldn’t be happier for him. Hopefully the guys in charge become a lot more open-minded and give guys like Owens more chances in the future. The WWE can only become a better product to watch with more wrestlers like Kevin Owens on the roster.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric’s work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

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