Stone Cold has finally reacted to Kevin Owens using the Stunner earlier this week and has seemingly given it his stamp of approval.
Recycling is ever-present in pretty much every form of entertainment. In music, it comes in the form of cover versions or sampling. In Hollywood, we are being inundated with remakes and sequels. In the pro wrestling world, its moves that are recycled. Whether they are tweaked or simply haven't been used for a while, an awful lot of present-day wrestler's arsenals are made up of things we have already seen before.
There are some moves we assume are off limits, especially in WWE. Iconic maneuvers such as The Undertaker's Tombstone Piledriver and Triple H's Pedigree. We would have also thrown Stone Cold's Stunner in that group before this week. However, Kevin Owens used it to pick up the win over Daniel Bryan in tag team action on SmackDown Live.
It isn't the first time KO has used the move, however, it is the first time he has used it in this way. Complete with the trademark kick to the stomach. All that was missing was the flip off beforehand. While WWE would have had to give Owens the go-ahead to use the move, the only man's opinion who really matters is the Texas Rattlesnake's.
Austin kept us waiting regarding a reaction to KO using the move. Then, two days later, the Hall Of Famer finally weighed in. Austin tweeted a split screen video showing Owens' Stunner alongside the one he performed on Shawn Michaels to win the WWE Title at WrestleMania XIV. It would seem as if Austin approves as he wrote "when executed properly the results are complete devastation."
What is key to KO's use of the Stunner is that it was utilized as a finishing move. Something a wrestler uses to win a match. In the past, moves like the DDT and Super Kick have been used so much as transitional maneuvers that they no longer pack the punch they used to. Austin will likely be happy to pass the Stunner down to KO providing the current star continue to use it as a means to end the match.