With his outspoken nature, strong views, and frequent trips to the commentary desk to air them, WWE fans are used to hearing what Kevin Owens thinks of his WWE colleagues. As one of the current top heels, on the RAW brand, Owens is frequently unpleasant about, well, everybody. So his recent comments about the debut of Finn Balor may come as a surprise to some fans.
Stepping outside of his heel persona to talk to ESPN, Owens credited Balor with elevating NXT to its current position. KO explains that, during the six months he spent in the developmental brand, the roster was packed full of talent, but that most were quickly called to the main roster, leaving Balor to rebuild as the face of the brand.
He has a point about the talent. The card for Owens’ NXT debut, at Takeover R Evolution, included, Adrian Neville, Sami Zayn, and Hideo Itami. But, within a few months, Itami was injured and everyone else had moved on, except for Balor.
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As to why Balor was kept in the former developmental brand for so long, Owens believes it was necessary for the NXT brand to become what it is today. He explained that, while everyone works extremely hard there needs to be a figurehead, “one person to hitch your wagon to”. Balor has certainly been that for NXT and, as Owens’ points out, “who wouldn’t want to keep Finn Balor on their roster for as long as possible”.
Balor was drafted to RAW in the first round of picks, fifth overall. On Sunday, he will face Seth Rollins in one of the main event matches at SummerSlam, which Owens describes as ‘pretty incredible’. He’s not wrong. With a chance at becoming the WWE Universal Champion, in his very first main roster PPV, it looks like Balor is already staking his claim to become the face of his new brand as well.
Who will win the WWE Universal Championship at SummerSlam, Finn Balor or Seth Rollins? Have your say in the comments section below.