Kevin Owens is seeing a resurgence in his WWE career on SmackDown LIve, and could be on track to becoming the most dangerous in WWE. Frankly he has always been hovering in a prominent role since debuting on the main roster, ranging from mid card championships, to high profile feuds with the likes of John Cena, to capturing the illustrious Universal Championship. Regardless, it felt like Owens was just floating along, especially after his devastating loss to Goldberg at Fastlane.
When Kevin Owens captured the Universal Championship he climbed to the proverbial top of the mountain, and it was glorious. His best friend Chris Jericho only added to the masterpiece, but it soon became apparent that Owens wasn’t the same person when he was in NXT. He was more comical, ran away from fights and relied to heavily on Jericho to bail him out of big matches. Only when he betrayed Jericho did we see a flash of the old, viscous Prize Fighter, but it didn’t matter when Goldberg conquered him in 22 seconds. Say what you will about the return of Goldberg, but it did nothing to help Owens, and merely knocked him out of the main event scene.
Kevin Owens would re debut on SmackDown LIve with the United States Champion claiming to be the New Face of America. It was a redo of John Cena’s reign, as Owens hosted a mock U.S. Open Challenge against local competitors. The new gimmick didn’t stick and he quietly dropped it while returning to his roots as a fighter where he found a suitable opponent in AJ Styles. The problem was that he was destined to lose.
At this time AJ Styles had proven that WWE was his new home, and after running it for a year he was on that elite level, so when he found himself challenging for the U.S. Championship it was only a matter of time before he captured it. Owens had no chance and looked like it would be another moment for him to look weak. Then the McMahon family made its triumph return and added a new light to Kevin Owens journey back to the top.
Shane McMahon, the prodigal son, ultimately injected himself into the feud and would become the special referee, not once but twice. History has shown that Shane is not trained to be a referee and this was no different as controversy cost Owens his championship. This would be the last straw and the return of the old Kevin Owens.
As Shane tried to explain that his poor referee skills were not why Owens lost his belt, Owens when straight for the heart. He verbally attacked Shane and his family, going as far as saying that maybe his family would be better off if Shane had died in recent accident. Shane emotions got the best of him and he assaulted Owens and ignited the most sought out feud of the Fall.
And now we get to the cream of the crop. With questions up in the air of how this new feud would head, we saw the return of the Vince McMahon. Owens would go face to face with the Chairman and in the end we got exactly what we wanted. In a play on words, Owens made a deal allowing him to not be fired for assaulting a McMahon, and decided to attack Vince himself. Owens would leave him in a puddle of his own blood and now the question must be asked, where does Kevin Owens go from here?
Kevin Owens has returned to his old mean, viscous self and the first victim is the biggest man in WWE. Now the whole roster is on watch, because the Prizefighter is on the rise again and anyone and everyone could be next. Once he destroys Shane McMahon at Hell in a Cell, expect him to go straight into the main event and challenge for the WWE Championship.