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Kevin Owens Discusses Why He Adopted The Stunner

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Ahead of his monumental clash with ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin 19 years after the Texas Rattlesnake’s last match in WWE, Kevin Owens has opened up about how and why he ended up using the Stunner.

While there’s no news on whether the segment will take the form of an official match, Kevin Owens stoked the flames by dressing up as WWE Hall of Famer ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin on WWE Raw. However, KO has been using the Stunner – Stone Cold’s legendary finisher – for much longer.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Inside The Ropes‘ very own Kenny McIntosh, Kevin Owens has opened up about how the switch of finishing move came about:

“Well, so it wasn’t my original motivation, obviously, wasn’t at the core of the reason why I went to ask him about whether or not I could use the Stunner as my finishing move. At the time, I just felt like a lot of people were doing Powerbombs and the Pop-Up Powerbomb was my finishing move and I’m like, ‘I think I need something different’.

So I tried to think of something new that nobody was doing, and then it occurred to me that nobody was really doing the Stunner and then, you know, I was looking at the landscape of things and everybody does a Superkick, and the Superkick was Shawn Michaels’ finishing move.

Nobody ever used it as good as him, but nobody was using the Stunner and to me, those are pretty much two of the most iconic finishers of all time. So I’m like, ‘Well, the Superkick’s obviously kind of spoken for. The Stunner is my favourite move of all time. It’s probably a lot of people’s favourite move of all time. There’s just something about it that’s so exciting to see.”

Former Universal Champion Kevin Owens went on to say:

I know the guy who used to do it. I’m going to go ask him. So I did. He was very happy to tell me that I could use it. Give me his blessing, he said, ‘I don’t know why nobody came to me sooner about it’, and then from that point on, it was just finding the right time to do it.

Once I started using it on television, it just took off from there and it’s funny because it’s been like a conflicting point for some people, you know, like I also have some people saying it’s awesome that you use it. We love it. I have a lot of people saying you should never use it. Stone Cold should be the only one using it, but it’s mine now, and if anything, like I said on Monday, I think WrestleMania is a perfect time to officially pass the torch to me.

So Steve, Steve and I can have a little toast and he can pass the torch to me as the one true king of the Stunner. I’m very excited about that.”

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Watch ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin confront Kevin Owens at WWE WrestleMania 38 live on the WWE Network – and via Peacock in the United States – on Saturday, April 2nd and Sunday, April 3rd, 2022.