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Chris Jericho is backing Kevin Owens for a "great, great future"

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Having been part of the WWE for almost two decades on and off, there are few more experienced wrestlers in the organisation right now than Chris Jericho.

As a three-time World Heavyweight Champion and nine-time Intercontinental Champion Y2J has been there and done it all in the business. Now aged 45, however, the veteran Superstar knows it is time for the new generation to step up.

And, speaking in an interview on ESPN's ' WWE Off The Top Rope' on Tuesday night, Jericho pinpointed one WWE newcomer in particular who he thinks is capable of picking up the baton and achieving very big things in the business:


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"I think (Kevin) Owens is very, very special," Jericho told Jonathan Coachman. "He is different from everybody else.

"He doesn't look like a typical WWE Superstar. He doesn't really act like a typical WWE Superstar. But that is what you need to make it to the top, top level. I see a great future for him."

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Owens, who will compete alongside Jericho in this weekend's Money in the Bank Ladder Match, has long been touted as a World Heavyweight Champion in the waiting by the WWE Universe.

Ever since his days in NXT, the Canadian wrestler has developed an excellent reputation amongst the organisation's fan base - an impressive achievement for a man who makes his living as a heel.

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Former Superstars, too, have been quick to jump on the Owens bandwagon. Only this week, Stone Cold Steve Austin was backing the 32-year-old to reach the pinnacle of the WWE in the near future.

At least judging by Jericho's comments, Owen's reputation is just as strong within the main roster locker room as it is amongst those watching on.

Because his physique doesn't exactly fit the prototype of a Vince McMahon WWE Superstar - essentially a tall, lean, athletic wrestler - there have been some concerns that Owens might not get the opportunities he deserves with regard to main title runs.

Even if the WWE CEO has some reservations about Owens, though, it will be very hard to keep the two-time Intercontinental Champion from reaching the very top if the groundswell of support for him continues.

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'The Prizefighter' offers something unique compared to other wrestlers on the main roster and, with the 'New Era' on the horizon, his time could be coming very, very soon.

Chris Jericho, for one, is amongst those convinced that Owens will make the most of it when his chance does come.

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