2017 may have been a troubling year in mainstream society, but in the world of professional wrestling it’s one that will not be quickly forgotten. The year kicked off with an incredible match between Kenny Omega and Kazuchika Okada, featured the potential retirement of one of the greatest of all time in The Undertaker, and ended with the announcement that there will be a women’s Royal Rumble match for the first time ever.
One man within the realms of WWE who had a pretty incredible year was Kevin Owens. The Prizefighter was the centerpiece in a couple of angles that we won’t quickly forget. One of them was The Festival of Friendship segment with Chris Jericho, but the stand out moment for KO in 2017 was when he beat up Vince McMahon live on SmackDown.
The beat down of Mr. McMahon was one of the most shocking moments of 2017 and recently Owens took us behind the scenes of the whole thing when he was a guest on Talk Is Jericho. KO revealed that the thing he gets asked the most is what McMahon said to him while he was off the mic. While Owens didn’t reveal exactly what he said he did reveal that there were ‘so many swear words’.
The former Universal Champion knew that the point behind the foul mouthed tirade was to get him fired up, and it worked. KO has delivered a lot of headbutts over the course of his career but apparently the only one he has hit harder than the one he delivered to McMahon was the time he headbutted William Regal while in NXT. Owens also discussed how privileged he felt as the only other man who has been given the opportunity to lay hands on the boss in recent history is Roman Reigns.
On a recent WWE Network special, Mr. McMahon was shown telling Owens that he wasn’t pleased with his WrestleMania match. Well apparently according to KO himself that disappointment wasn’t just reserved to the one match. Owens upped his game though and believes that the segment with McMahon was recognition of all the work he has put in to improve his game.
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