Former WWE writer Vince Russo hasn't been shy in voicing his criticism of the current product, but one current superstar has caught his eye as of late.
Even though he's been highly critical of Kevin Owens in the past, Russo took to Twitter and admitted that he's a fan of the Prized Fighter - adding that his previous criticism was geared towards WWE creative.
I have become a fan of @FightOwensFight over time. I think people really get confused when I critique a "Character" and not the person themselves. I just felt like KO was really mispackaged from the jump. My criticism was towards @WWE Creative-not Owen's ability. pic.twitter.com/C5JKYBeX2m— Vince Russo (@THEVinceRusso) August 18, 2019
Two years ago, during Owens' first main event push, Russo said that KO "doesn't like to workout, maybe he's a little lazy. Not only that, but Russo also questioned why Owens went by the "Prized Fighter" nickname despite the way he looks.
Russo was one of the top WWE writers during the '90s, helping them transition towards the Attitude Era by introducing new characters like 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin, The Rock, D-Generation X and The Undertaker.
But at the height of the Monday Night Wars with WCW, Russo had a falling out with Vince McMahon, and he left the WWE in 1999. Russo would sign with the rival WCW promotion, but the company would fall apart in short time - and Vince McMahon bought them out in 2001.
Owens began receiving a massive main event push in July, clashing with Dolph Ziggler and Shane McMahon while turning babyface once and for all. Owens defeated McMahon at last week's SummerSlam pay-per-view; the stipulation was that KO would have to retire if he lost the match.
It's been reported that WWE is planning to turn Owens into a Steve Austin-like babyface, and so far, so good. Owens has adopted the 'Stunner' finisher while portraying a rebellious and rule-breaking character. It's no wonder that Russo has become such a fan of Owens, considering that the former was widely responsible for turning the rebellious Austin into a WWE icon.
What This Means
Russo makes a strong point about Owens being "mispackaged" earlier on in his career. Despite strong in-ring and microphone skills - as well as immense popularity among the WWE Universe - Owens was stuck in the mid-card for a while. WWE has finally given Owens the well-deserved main event push, and he has the chance to emerge as the new face of the company in short time.