The additions of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn to the WWE main roster have helped add intrigue with these two new prospering stars being introduced over the past year. A large percentage of the fan base already knew both men and their story before they even debuted on RAW. WWE did a great job recapping the history of Owens and Zayn leading up to their superb match at the Payback PPV. The duo started together wrestling on the Montreal independent wrestling circuit before getting their big breaks in PWG, CZW and ROH. Owens and Zayn would become synonymous with each other despite being very different wrestlers.
Owens wrestled under his real name of Kevin Steen and developed into one of the best talkers on the independent scene. Zayn wrestled as El Generico under a mask portraying a luchador from Mexico that knew very little English. The two did their most memorable work in tag team matches together or as hated rivals in brutal battles against each other. Zayn signed with WWE first without the mask and portrayed himself for the first time without a mask as a professional wrestler. Owens would come aboard a year and a half later as the NXT boom started to take place.
Both men were instantly successful with the live audience and the fan base watching at home purchasing merchandise. The current storyline using real life elements to pit them against each other on television every week has been a resounding success. WWE needs new stars with their part time performers and other established main event talent getting up there in age. The freshness of Owens and Zayn adds interest for the casual fan looking for something new. The history of the former tag team through various promotions is making diehard fans eat up every segment between them on national television. Both men have fascinating personalities and quite a bit of great stories. We’ll examine them and look at the top twenty things you never knew about Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.
18 20. Kevin Owens Learned English From Jim Ross’ Commentary
17 19. Sami Zayn has Wrestled as El Generico in WWE
16 18. They Won Tag Titles Together in ROH and PWG
15 17. “The Kevin Owens Show” was a Real Talk Show
14 16. Sami Zayn is Syrian
13 15. Kevin Owens’ Son is Actually Named Owen
12 14. Sami Zayn got Soccer Banned at NXT
11 13. Kevin Owens Achieved A Big Goal That Sami Zayn Didn’t
10 11. Kevin Owens Moved to Florida and Back to Montreal Within First Year in WWE
9 10. Sami Zayn was Supposed to go Back Down to NXT Following the John Cena Match
8 8. Kevin Owens is a Zoo Enthusiast
7 7. Sami Zayn Put NXT on the Map
6 6. Vince Russo HATES Them Both
5 5. Jim Cornette HATES Them Both
4 4. Sami Zayn Made a Fool of Himself in Front of Axl Rose
3 3. Kevin Owens Almost Quit Wrestling
2 2. Both Took Pay Cuts to Come to NXT
1 1. Bret Hart Believes They are the Next Big WWE Stars
Many old school wrestling minds have a dislike for the unique styles and personalities of both men as seen with Jim Cornette and Vince Russo. One legend to have kind words for Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn has been Bret Hart. The Hitman praises both of his fellow Canadians frequently on his podcast and believe they are the best talents in WWE today. Hart views Owens as the most compelling wrestler in the world and Zayn is right behind him. With mostly negative views on the current product, Bret does speak up about what he likes and he believes the company has their next big main event superstars with Owens and Zayn. If Bret Hart has his way, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn will main event a WrestleMania one day.
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