Life is pretty good for Kevin Owens right now as the reigning Intercontinental Champion heads into his first ever WrestleMania that he's actually taking part in.
The Canadian has come out of a feud with John Cena and not been buried, actually looking like he could become the next top heel in the entire WWE if he plays his cards right and gets some more wins under his belt in the next few months.
However, there is one thing that is bothering the man formerly known as Kevin Steen. Daniel Bryan. More importantly, the fact that he'll never get to work with Bryan again, following the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion's retirement last month.
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Wrestling Daniel Bryan
Speaking in an interview with Mike Jones of DC 101 ahead of a WWE live event in Washington, Owens revealed that he wishes he could have gotten in the ring with Bryan Danielson just once more in his career.
"I didn't have the chance to be in the ring with (Bryan) as much as I wish because I feel like he's someone I could have learned a lot from," Owens said during the interview.
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"He is someone I learned a lot from just from watching and listening to outside of the ring, but I wish I could have shared the ring with him many more times than I had the chance to."
Owens didn't just want a program with Bryan because he's a top tier wrestler and talent in the WWE, but because the IC Champion has a respect for Bryan that stretches back to when he was starting out in the indies.
"From the moment he met me on the independent scene when I was just, for lack of better terms, just a dumb kid starting out, trying to learn how things work in this industry, he was a well respected top guy and he didn't have to be nice to me," Owens revealed.
"Plenty of people back then weren't nice to me but he was."
"In his position, he didn't need to go out of his way to be nice to the younger kids and the guys coming up but he was and that was something I always appreciated as much as all the incredible matches he put on for fans all over the world."
Owens was incredibly young when he broke onto the scene, wrestling in some of the top independant promotions in North America when he was still a spotty teenager from Quebec.
Steen and Danielson were in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and Ring of Honor at the same time, and actually faced each other on one or more occasions, but didn't have any big feuds with each other as Steen was entangled in his near eternal rivalry with El Generico, better known as Sami Zayn.
Unfortunately, there's no easily available videos of Bryan and Owens facing each other for you to enjoy. And now we've been deprived of that in the WWE to boot, which is a shame for wrestling fans the world over.
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