Well-respected wrestling author Pat Laprade had previously responded to the below story, stating that it never happened, and that Nick Dinsmore was no longer with the company when Owens debuted for NXT.
That never happened. I know Kevin pretty well and I can guarantee you that it never happened. Dinsmore is lying here. Plus, he was no longer with the company when KO made his NXT TV debut. https://t.co/UvXBIRZM5m
— Pat Laprade (@PatLaprade) December 13, 2020
Speaking with Chris Van Vliet, former WWE Tag Team Champion Nick Dinsmore, AKA Eugene, claims Kevin Owens “started to cry” when told he’d be repacked as a WWF icon. Dinsmore ribbed the former Universal Champion by telling him he was being brought in as “the new Mountie” when he first joined WWE.
“So, Kevin Owens is sitting ringside because he’s just watching the class. I sit down next to him. He said the first time he ever wrestled was for Jacques Rougeau. He kind of acted like somebody else really helped train him, but for some reason, the first show was Jacques Rougeau. So, a couple of days go by. I come back and said, ‘They got a new character for you. They’re going to bring you in as the new Mountie.’ He was starting to cry. ‘You can’t let them do that.’ I said, ‘No, it’s going to be great! It’s going to be awesome! You’re going to have the red thing. They might even bring Jacques in. It’s going to be great!’ He was beginning to panic. Needless to say, it didn’t happen.”
Kevin Owens has since responded.
Funnily enough, Jacques Rougeau – AKA The Mountie – recently opened up about Kevin Owens joining his class, and the subsequent falling out they had. Although, the iconic WWF star would call Owens a “phenomenon” when discussing his raw potential.
“Kevin Owens was a phenomenon when he came to my wrestling school. He was five years at my wrestling school, but he had this ability of learning fast. So listen, I haven’t followed Kevin’s career that much after he left because we didn’t leave on quite great terms when he left my territory. So, I didn’t follow up on him, but I noticed that success was following him, and amazing to see myself in the ring at so many times because of the way he kicks, the promos. Because when I think, the guys in my school, I used to teach them from scratch. It was not only in the ring but the mic, the entrance, the arenas. He was really a great talent and a natural talent.”
The Mountie would also discuss how Hulk Hogan encouraged him to defeat the Hulkster clean.