The reasons behind Kevin Owens not following through on his plans to leap from the WrestleMania 37 pirate ship set have reportedly been revealed.
In February, when speaking with Ryan Satin, Owens said that plans had been in place for him to make the jump at WrestleMania 36 in his match with Seth Rollins. However, it proved to be impossible as the COVID-19 pandemic forced WWE to move the event from the Raymond James Stadium to their Performance Centre. KO still got his WrestleMania moment, when he dived from the WrestleMania sign onto Rollins, subsequently defeating the ‘Monday Night Messiah’ in a No Disqualification Match.
Going into WrestleMania 37, which was also to be held at Raymond James Stadium, Owens said he would do everything he could to finally jump from the ship.
“I’ll do my best. I’ll annoy anybody I can. I will get into anyone’s ear I possibly can. I will literally do everything in my power to get to the point where I can jump off that ship.”
Unfortunately, it was not to be. Owens faced Sami Zayn on the ‘Grandest stage of them all’, and defeated the ‘Great Liberator’ with a stunner in the middle of the ring, but made no attempt to climb the giant pirate ship structure.
Fightful Select has now reported that there were several reasons for the highly anticipated spot not going ahead. These include the match being a regular singles bout rather than no-DQ, and the ship being larger than originally expected.
“There were discussions between talent and creative throughout the week, but the match not being no-DQ proved a big hurdle. The ship on the set was also a lot larger than many expected, but the weather as the final nail in the coffin.”
Kevin Owens recently received an Intercontinental Championship match against Apollo Crews but was unable to capture the gold after Commander Azeez provided a distraction, allowing Crews to roll Owens up for the pin. On the latest edition of the show, he came to Big E’s aid when Azeez attacked him but was taken down by Sami Zayn.