If you haven’t by now, following Kevin Owens on social media.
As seen on this week’s episode of SmackDown Live in Orlando, FL at the Amway Center on the USA Network, Sami Zayn with Owens defeated WWE Champion AJ Styles in a non-title match.
Following the match, SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan announced that Styles will defend his title against Zayn and Owens in a Handicap Match at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
After SmackDown went off the air, Owens tweeted out the following on his official Twitter account:
“I like how checking on a referee’s well-being is enough of a reason for @shanemcmahon to put his hands on his top superstar.
Thankfully, @WWEDanielBryan is a normal person who understands that such kindness and talent should be rewarded. #ThankYouDaniel #NextWWEChampion #YEP.”
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.
For a background on Owens, you would have to 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.
He held the ROH World Championship and ROH World Tag Team Championship. He also wrestled on 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.
The Royal Rumble pay-per-view event takes place on Sunday, January 28, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Wells Fargo Center and will air on the WWE Network and some traditional pay-per-view outlets. Both Raw and SmackDown brands will be featured.
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