Kevin Owens has climbed his way up to the top of the WWE ladder over the past few years and is currently the longest reigning WWE Universal Champion in history (yes, we find this funny).
Owens came through the ranks in NXT and is a former NXT Champion. His feuds with Sami Zayn and Finn Balor put NXT on the map a few years ago, and unsurprisingly last year WWE made the decision to bring Owens up to the main roster.
Owens then went on to feud with the likes of John Cena and more recently Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. In the process he has become one of the biggest stars of WWE’s Raw brand.
The current partnership of Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho has become one of the best WWE formations in recent memory and the whole relationship between the duo has made the Raw brand the most must see show on WWE TV.
Owens may be one of the biggest stars on WWE’s roster right now, but there isn’t a lot known about Owens outside of the company. Owens has been around the wrestling circuit for many years, which means that there is a lot known about him, but there are not many of the WWE Universe that is fully aware of many of the following facts about the former Intercontinental Champion.
15. He Is Best Friends With Sami Zayn
During their recent feud in WWE, the WWE Universe chanted that Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens should ‘Fight Forever’ and that is exactly what the duo have been doing. Sami and Kevin have wrestled all over the world for the past seven years and have become best friends while doing it.
Before they met in NXT, El Generico and Kevin Steen were two fierce rivals whose matches were absolutely mesmerizing to watch. And now they have made it to WWE, the company have made a point of ensuring that the Universe is able to see the sheer beauty of these two friends in a WWE ring. Somewhere down the line (assuming Owens continues as Universal Champion) a title program between the two could take place.
14. He’s Been Wrestling Since He Was 16-Years-Old
Back when John Cena was feuding with Kevin Owens, Cena had the cheek to refer to Owens as a rookie. But the former NXT Champion has been wrestling for the past 14 years. Technically he is on par with John Cena, he just hasn’t been doing it on the biggest stage in professional wrestling.
Owens began wrestling when he was just 16-years-old and made his official debut in Canada on his 16th Birthday. Owens didn’t officially wrestle in the United States until 2004 and has been unstoppable ever since. Before coming to WWE he had already wrestled many of their roster during his time in Ring of Honor. Owens was an experienced wrestler before ever joining WWE, and he has more than proven that he belongs.
13. Steve Austin Helped To Shape His Career
‘The Texas Rattlesnake’ is one of the biggest stars to have ever set foot in a WWE ring, so advice from ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin when it comes to wrestling, is like gold dust. So it comes as no surprise that Austin’s advice early in Owens career actually helped to shape him into the star he is today.
Owens met Austin at an airport and the two began a conversation about wrestling. As Austin said his goodbyes, Owens asked him for some advice and Stone Cold replied ‘never stop running your mouth, kid.’ Which is probably why Kevin Owens became so good at cutting promos. It seems that little bit of advice from one of his heroes allowed him to go the distance in his career.
12. He Is Married To Karina Elias
Kevin married Karina Elias before he ever made his rise to fame back in 2007. He has stated many times that his wife loved him long before he was rich and fampous and that is why she is not only a keeper, but he will always love her.
Karina has been voted as one of the sexiest wives of WWE Superstars many times and it is easy to see why; she is a very attractive woman and to be able to put up with Owen’s banter on a daily basis. She must have an incredible personality. Karina and Kevin have managed to stay out of the spotlight which is difficult when you are a WWE Superstar. It’s always nice to see a couple hide from the fame of the job.
11. He’s Wrestled His Entire Career With A Knee Injury
Owens was part of a match much earlier in his career when an opponent botched a move and left his knee badly injured. He has had surgery on the injury multiple times but has been unable to fix the problem.
He has teased retirement from wrestling many times due to chronic knee problems, but somehow he has managed to make it to the biggest stage of all. And most of the time there is no reason why anyone would notice he has a knee problem. Despite this body issues, Owens still manages to perform some high octane moves in the ring and refuses to let the injury hold him back. Owens is a unique type of WWE performer who can be considered in a league of his own.