Kevin Owens Shocks the World, Wins WWE Universal Title on Monday Night Raw
In “we never thought we’d see that happen” news, Kevin Owns (formerly Kevin Steen) won the vacated WWE Universal Championship tonight on Monday Night Raw. In a Fatal Four Way match that was decided after Finn Balor (who won the title for the first time two weeks ago) was forced to have shoulder surgery, Kevin was pit against Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Big Cass (effectively giving us a taste of the character in a solo role).
The 30-plus minute match culminated in the return of an old face, HHH who is back after being defeated handily at Wrestlemania last April, a lot of Pedigrees and an unexpected turn. It isn’t clear how this will play out, especially considering that HHH pedigreed not only Seth Rollins (his former protege) and Roman Reigns (his bitter enemy), but one thing is for sure–Kevin Owens finally has his moment in the spotlight. From the surprising signing to the NXT brand, there was always high hopes for the French Canadian star, but few people thought it could really happen. Thought to be held back by his husky build, Owens was always one of the best workers and talkers in the company, enhancing his feuds and even meaningless backstage programs that few people even see. Wins against John Cena, AJ Styles, and even Finn Balor (before his monstrous 2015 run), and multiple reigns with the Intercontinental title only showed the promise that the WWE had in him, and even his loss to Sami Zayn a month ago saw no real loss to his popularity.
Kevin Owens, and to a lesser extent Finn Balor’s wins have proven that there is a true paradigm shift, and even though the booking is shaky at times–we are truly in a new era of the WWE.