Kevin Owens has been a breath of fresh air since arriving on the main roster, engaging in a fantastic feud with John Cena.
The two have put on some brilliant matches and Owens has even defeated Cena clean in the middle of the ring at the Elimination Chamber event.
But fans were left scratching their heads when they saw Owens kick out to a number of Attitude Adjustments at Battleground – even from the top rope – before going on to submit to the STF.
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This was Owens’ second straight loss to Cena, having lost to him at Money in the Bank.
But earlier comments made by Dave Meltzer have provided some light on why the WWE had Owens booked to not only lose, but to lose in the manner that he did.
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He noted that there were people in the WWE who believed Owens would make it whilst others believed he wouldn’t; and the ones who didn’t believe it would make sure he wouldn’t succeed.
“To again explain this: there were two schools of thought on Kevin Owens from the start and the basic gist was that some people thought that he was going to make it and some people thought he wasn’t going to make it, and those who thought he wasn’t going to make it made sure that he got every opportunity to make it or else they would be wrong.
"You know what I mean? I shouldn’t say they would be wrong, they wouldn’t prove that they were right."
"So now whether he makes it or he doesn’t make it, there is a game going on and we’re in the middle of the game.”
This all comes down to a big story which broke last year over Executive Producer Kevin Dunn. It’s believed that because Owens is one of Triple H’s projects in the WWE, Dunn is doing his best to stop Owens from hitting the heights that are expected of him.
Last year it was reported that Dunn was doing his level best to make sure the NXT call-ups weren’t succeeding on the main roster. They were Adam Rose, Paige and Bo Dallas.
If this is true, then he has succeeded with two of them not making an impact on the main roster.
The reason for this ‘burial’ of talents – which could potentially include Kevin Owens down the line – reportedly comes down to the belief that Dunn will try to bury any talent who will be a threat of some sort to his high position in the WWE.
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon do have stars they favor, that’s no secret and it’s thought that the superstars and divas they favor could go on to be so successful that the WWE decide to replace Dunn with Triple H or Stephanie McMahon; especially if they obtain full control of the WWE.
WHAT DOES HIS FUTURE HOLD?
If all of this does happen to be true, then it would be a shame especially for Owens. He’s had to work just as hard as anyone to finally get his chance in the WWE and he’s taken it with both hands.
He’s proven to be one of the more entertaining factors on the roster and nobody can doubt his ability inside and outside of the ring even though he doesn’t look like your traditional WWE superstar.
The WWE face a huge task now. They need to do whatever they can to help Owens bounce back from his submission loss to Cena at Battleground, and ensure he’s still one of the main guys on the roster, week in week out.
There is the possibility that Cena and Owens will clash again, potentially at SummerSlam for the United States Championship where even Cesaro can be thrown into the mix.
It will certainly be a nerve-racking and interesting couple of months ahead for Kevin Owens and his fans.
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