After spending his first four years on WWE's main roster as a heel, Kevin Owens finally emerged as a babyface on last week's episode of SmackDown Live - and he's not going to look back any time soon.
Owens took over this week's episode of SmackDown Live with a series of incredible segments and promos. It all started in the parking lot, where he interrupted Dolph Ziggler's interview - which ignited a brawl between the two superstars. Shane McMahon and WWE security restrained the duo and Owens was ordered to leave by the SmackDown commissioner.
Instead, Owens later returned and cut an epic pipe bomb promo, calling out Shane and the McMahon family for taking up all the television time. Owens capped off a tremendous evening for his character by hitting Shane O'Mac with a Stunner after the latter tried interfering in the main event match between Ziggler and Roman Reigns.
Well, you can expect to see plenty more segments of Owens going hard after the villainous Shane O'Mac - and probably more Stunners. According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Ringside News), WWE is "trying to make" Owens a Steve Austin-like babyface.
Like Austin, Owens is displaying a rebellious, rule-breaking character where he simply won't listen to any orders from the McMahon family. This has been building up for two years now, as Owens attacked Vince McMahon on the Sept. 12, 2017 episode of SmackDown - although the former was portraying a heel character at the time.
Owens is finally receiving the massive main event push that fans have been waiting for, and he has all the qualities in place to be the next Steve Austin. He's off to an excellent start as a babyface, and we can't wait to see what's next in store for the former Universal Champion.
What This Means
It's been over two years since Owens lost the Universal Championship, which ended his run as a main eventer. Slowly but steadily, WWE has built Owens up into a top-tier babyface, and he's primed to take over as one of the top new main eventers on the WWE roster.