Kevin Owens is heading into WrestleMania 32 with less than a year of experience in WWE, but he has already managed to become a 2-time Intercontinental Champion. Super fans within the WWE Universe know he debuted in NXT in late 2014, and fans around the globe may even know Owens has been wrestling since the year 2000. Performing as Owens and under his birth name, Kevin Steen, The Prizefighter has won titles and championships everywhere he’s gone, usually as quickly and as decisively as he’s won his battles in WWE.
Owens hasn’t been competing on a major stage for terribly long, but his career in the independent scene was filled with memorable moments and major battles, as well. In Combat Zone Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, and Ring of Honor, Steen cemented his name as perhaps the best brawling wrestler in the world today, and certainly one of the best promos. His star shines brighter than most in the WWE Universe, and many predict Owens is a lock to one day be WWE World Champion. Once that day comes, maybe people will know everything there is about K.O., but until then, there are still plenty of facts about the man fans may be surprised to learn. Facts like…
10 French Is His First Language
9 He Learned His English Watching WWE
8 He Was Trained By Champions
7 He Started Wrestling When He Was 16
6 He's Teamed With Sami Zayn His Entire Career
5 He Booked His Own Feuds
4 He Had Problems With Jim Cornette
3 He Named His Son After Owen Hart
2 He's A Former World Champion
1 He Debuted As The Best
Kevin Owens debuted in WWE on May 18, 2015 to attack John Cena and basically beat the hell out of him, while still holding the NXT Championship. After a grueling match lasting more than 20 minutes, Owens planted Cena with a Pop-Up Powerbomb and cleanly won his debut match. Though Cena would best him in their two rematches and he would subsequently be shunted down the card, this remains one of the most shocking and overwhelmingly successful debuts in recent wrestling history. Owens spent the rest of 2015 clawing his way back to the top, winning and losing the Intercontinental Championship, but not yet reaching the level of success of his initial victory. Although he has a long path ahead of him before winning the WWE World Championship or entering the Hall of Fame, in his debut year Owens already pulled off an incredible accomplishment. The Cena victory alone was enough for him to be named the Best Wrestler of the first half of 2015 by Rolling Stone Magazine, and most other publications have had no choice but to agree.
Sources: WWE, Rolling Stone, Wikipedia
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