Despite being one of the top names in professional wrestling right now, Kevin Owens is currently absent from the Survivor Series card. With all interbrand teams and champion vs. champion matches set, there isn’t any room at this point for Owens nor Sami Zayn to compete at the show.
That’s bad news, because Owens being off the card will mean the end of an extremely impressive streak. As Cain A. Knight of Cageside Seats pointed out, Owens has appeared in 29 consecutive pay-per-views ever since his Raw debut on the May 18, 2015. And yes, Knight factored in pay-per-views that only Owens was eligible to compete in, so Raw exclusive pay-per-view events aren’t accounted for.
Owens and Zayn were both sent home during WWE’s European tour last week after displaying “conduct deemed detrimental to the WWE.” Before that, Owens had to leave SmackDown‘s tour in South America for “personal reasons.” So perhaps these two factors made it difficult for the creative team to find a spot for Owens at Survivor Series.
Though Owens’ presence will obviously be missed by some fans, the card is shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory. Both 5-on-5 interbrand matches are loaded with top-tier talent, A.J. Styles vs. Brock Lesnar should be epic, and The Shield finally reunites in a match against The New Day.
Owens defeated Shane McMahon at Hell in a Cell and has engaged in a rivalry with the commissioner since. K.O. became “best friends” with Zayn, his long-time rival in NXT. It’ll be interesting to see how the creative team moves forward with Owens who’s now missed noticeable time on television.
Assuming Owens’ streak ends, that’ll give Styles the longest active streak of 21 consecutive PPVs. Given his status as a main event performer, Styles should have no problem surpassing Owens’ streak of 29.
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