Kevin Owens has opened up on his friendship with his arch-rival Sami Zayn.
Owens has been a top player in the WWE since signing with the sports entertainment company, but he has done it as a heel on television. Now, Owens is up for turning into a babyface character if the opportunity arises.
Owens was recently a guest on the ‘In This Corner’ podcast. During the interview, Kevin spoke about his relationship with Sami Zayn.
“We have known each other for over 15 years… We have been friends, we have been enemies, we have been at each others throats. We have been by each others side, we have done it all.
Every kind of match imaginable, we have been in pretty much, except for maybe the odd Hell in a Cell for example. We have put each other through a lot, and we have been there for each other through a lot. I think that just translates into chemistry a lot of times.”
“I would say that we are more like brothers than we are friends. You know you don’t choose your relatives, you don’t choose who your brother is, you don’t choose who your sister is, you don’t choose your family.
You were born into a family. In this case, we weren’t born into each others families but we, from the start of our careers when we started wrestling on the independent scene in the U.S and even back home in Canada. Once we started getting our name out there and more recognized, people just booked us together all the time, and that wasn’t our choice.”
For a background on Owens, you have go back to his early career as he began his career in 2000 at the age of 16. He had a run in Ring of Honor (ROH) from 2007 - 2014 where he wrestled under his real name, Kevin Steen, where he held the ROH World Championship and ROH World Tag Team Championship. He also wrestled o the independent circuit for 14 years, most notably in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), where he held the PWG World Championship a record three times, as well as the PWG World Tag Team Championship on three occasions.
Other promotions that he worked for include International Wrestling Syndicate (IWS), where he held three times the IWS World Heavyweight Championship, All American Wrestling (AAW), where he held the AAW Heavyweight Championship, and Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), where he held the CZW Iron Man Championship.
Owens signed with WWE in 2014 and was placed WWE's developmental branch NXT, where he was a one-time NXT Champion. He was called up to the main roster in May 2015. During his time thus far under the WWE banner, he has held the Universal Championship once (being the longest-reigning titleholder at 188 days), the Intercontinental Championship twice, and the United States Championship three times.