Kevin Owens has revealed the unfortunate injury he suffered upon his NXT debut at TakeOver: R-Evolution.
When the host of The Kevin Owens Show made his first appearance on the black and gold brand, now under the moniker Owens instead of Steen, fans rejoiced that arguably one of the biggest indie darlings was finally on the biggest stage he would receive.
His first match against CJ Parker – now New Japan Pro Wrestling star Juice Robinson – seemed to be merely a squash as the character had been hanging around the brand for several months with little to no success.
However, things didn’t quite go to plan as Owens told in a bonus clip from his gripping WWE Chronicle episode on the WWE Network. Discussing the feeling of waiting in Gorilla, going out and then suffering the eventual grievance, Owens had this to say:
“I remember this moment pretty specifically. So like, the music’s playing, but nobody knows it’s my music. Even before this, like right before the show started, you know they have the ‘Then, Now, Forever’ graphic, I was watching that. It really rocked me because I had seen that graphic so many times, and now I knew I was going to be on the show it was airing for.
I just remember thinking, this is fifteen years, and now here we are, finally. Because it felt like it took forever to get there, but at the same time, it’s probably exactly how it should’ve been. And then CJ Parker came out and broke my nose. And we became very close friends as a result. I actually just texted him not even 20, 30 minutes ago that six years ago today that he broke my nose and stole my heart.”
The broken nose would be just a small hiccup in an otherwise celebrated run on WWE’s third brand. Later that same night, Owens turned heel on best friend Sami Zayn, powerbombed him on the ring apron and then in February 2015, defeated the talent to lift the NXT Championship less than three months after his debut.
Credit for the interview: WWE Chronicle
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.