Kevin Owens has started using the Stunner as his finisher recently, and it turns out that isn't the only move in his arsenal that was once used by Stone Cold.
Kevin Owens returned from injury a few weeks. His first match back saw him team with Kofi Kingston to take on the pair of Daniel Bryan and Rowan. In that match, KO used a Stunner. It's a move we have seen him use sparingly before, but this time there was a twist. Owens used it to finish the match, not just as a transition or to set up for a false finish.
Stone Cold is obviously the man who made the Stunner famous, and the Hall Of Famer has often criticized today's wrestlers for making devastating moves of the past seem less impactful in the present day. The Texas Rattlesnake is particularly peeved about the overuse of the DDT. Chances are he didn't want his iconic Stunner to meet the same fate, hence it now being used as a finisher by KO.
Since Owens re-employed the Stunner into his arsenal, he and Austin have been gone back and forth on Twitter. Now that it is being used as a finisher, The Prizefighter appears to have received the stamp of approval from the former WWE Champion. However, another issue may have been raised on Twitter this week. In a short clip from 1998, Stone Cold is shown giving Owens' old finisher, the Pop-Up Powerbomb, to Ken Shamrock.
It's certainly not a move we ever remember Austin performing. In fact, the man himself has said on numerous occasions that he had a very limited move set. Nevertheless, there it is above for everyone to see. Rather than seeing this as another example of borrowing something from Austin, Owens has taken a different, rather amusing approach.
Despite Stone Cold using the move five years before Owens would make his wrestling debut, KO sees the above clip as proof that the two of them are now even. A funny way of looking at it, and something we're sure Austin will be amused by when he responds. From this to the Stunner to their chance meeting at an airport long before KO ever arrived in WWE, Owens and his fans have a lot to thank Austin for.