Kevin Owens has discussed using Stone Cold Steve Austin’s old finishing move and how he had help from the man himself in perfecting it.
Owens was discussing borrowing from the WWE Hall Of Famer’s arsenal on WWE’s The Bump. KO recalled the amount of work he has put in to be able to hit the famous Stunner effectively.
“You’d think after seeing Steve Austin hit the Stunner on so many people that I’d have figured it out. But I’m glad I had that breaking down of it by Steve himself, so I could hit it successfully. I spent two and a half years training to hit a Stunner properly.”
The former WWE Universal Champion was then asked if he had ever considered putting a twist on the move. Something that would make it his own:
“You have to understand how controversial it is that I do the Stunner still. Even after Austin gave me his blessing to do it! People get upset that I do the Stunner. And a lot of people ask ‘well what if you made it your own?’ I’ve considered it but ultimately I don’t want to. Because that’s the thing; I don’t want it to be ‘that was Kevin Owens’ finisher’ in ten years. No. I’m doing Steve Austin’s old finishing move.”
“I asked him to do it, he said it was fine. It’s a tribute to him in a way but it’s also a thrill for me to do it. So I don’t want to make it my own. I’m fine with it being Steve’s move that I get to do.”
Kevin Owens had previously appeared on Corey Graves’ After The Bell podcast where he originally discussed approaching Austin about the move.
“I went to Steve and I asked him if I could use it, and he was very happy that I asked him. You know, me giving him the respect of it but more than anything, he was happy that someone asked him because he’s like, ‘You want to use it as a finisher ?’ I’m like, ‘Yes’. He’s like, ‘God, it’s about time; I can’t believe nobody’s tried this yet. I can’t believe no one had come and asked about using the stunner as a finisher. It’s a great finish, like, why not?’ He then went on and said some people use it and it means nothing.”