If you heard the name Kevin Steen, you probably wouldn't think much about it. It's a fairly simple name, and we wouldn't imagine the person being all that threatening (especially with the first name Kevin). But what if we said Kevin Steen was someone who has spent the better part of the last 16 years developing his craft inside and out of the ring? Many fans that follow the WWE may not know that Kevin Steen is gone, and a prizefighter stands in his place today: none other than Kevin Owens.
During his time in independent promotions, Steen was known for his deep repertoire of moves and aggressive fighting style, an ability to captivate an audience due to his unrelenting will to achieve. He was being noticed, and it was only a matter of time before he transitioned from promotions such as PWG and ROH to a much grander scale. Once the opportunity presented itself, Kevin Owens was born.
The development of Steen's career certainly saw its ups and downs. Much like anyone else's career that undergoes a change, Steen's transitions from promotion to promotion led him to go in a number of different of directions. Whether it was like a fan favorite or a despised heel, Steen always made an effort to stand out. Owens really ran the gamut while trying to evolve. Gone is the wrestler who did a number of spots alone, but is it forgotten? We give you 14 things the WWE wants you to forget about Kevin Owens:
14 Owens' six-month-old son (at the time) was part of a match
13 He has been wrestling longer than Roman Reigns
12 He has a deeper moveset than fans normally get to see today
11 He named his son after Owen Hart
10 He learned to speak English as a teenager watching Monday Night Raw
9 He built a reputation for himself long before he came into the WWE
8 He has feuded with Sami Zayn prior to coming to the WWE
7 He began showing interest in wrestling after watching Shawn Michaels and Diesel at WrestleMania XI
6 His relationship with former WWE manager Jim Cornette
5 He has faced a former WWE Champion prior to their time in the WWE
4 He's been competing his entire career with an injured knee
3 Ranked in the top ten by PWI prior to coming to the WWE
2 He had an online spat with Sabrina The Teenage Witch
1 He beat the hell out of a heckling fan
As you can see, this took place a long time ago. Steen was being antagonized by a fan at ringside while competing for the IWS, and the much younger Steen didn't backdown. While it is customary to jeer and heckle wrestlers in the ring, fans often should know the difference between talk and action. The fan clearly had too much to drink, which didn't stop him from still heckling Steen. Playing the role of a heel, he challenged the fan to come in the ring. The fan did just that and the rest, as you can see, is history. The funny part here was that it wasn't even the heckling fan that got kicked by Steen, but rather the fans friend. Fans run the risk that when they step in the ring, there is no playing around and the consequences of their actions are theirs and theirs alone.
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