The WWE Universe are aware of the rumours surrounding Kevin Owens, and the fact that he won’t be pushed as a main event talent any time soon.
It was revealed a few weeks ago that backstage politics won’t allow Owens to climb up the ladder, which is what was expected during his fantastic feud with John Cena.
BIG WIN AGAINST CENA
He pinned the United States Champion clean in the middle of the ring at Elimination Chamber, the face of the WWE; that’s a pretty big deal.
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But since his loss to Cena at Battleground, he’s definitely fallen down the ladder and the WWE failed to capitalise on his momentum.
Now he’s embroiled in a feud with Cesaro, another underrated superstar with the two all but set to collide at SummerSlam later this month.
It was reported that Kevin Dunn is a big reason why Owens isn’t going to get a huge push any time soon, and now Dave Meltzer is reporting the WWE might not push Owens due to his weight.
It’s obvious, Owens isn’t an Adonis and everybody is aware of that. But nobody really seems to care because he’s great at what he does.
This past week on Monday Night Raw, Owens was one of three men that interrupted WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, alongside Cesaro and Randy Orton.
Orton took a cheap shot at Owens on his way down the ramp, poking fun at his weight and Meltzer has noted this was done deliberately as a handful of WWE officials have a problem with the way he looks.
This wouldn’t be the first time weight or conditioning has played a part in a superstar’s career.
Kassius Ohno – who we know as the infamous Chris Hero – was also a superstar on NXT and was asked to lose weight by Triple H. Hero didn’t want to change the way he looks and the fact that he didn’t want to change his body played a role in him being released.
Even today on Tough Enough, the competitor fans love as ZZ is being ridiculed for his look and the fact that he isn’t losing weight.
SHOULD IT AFFECT OWENS?
I think this is a poor reason. The WWE officials who are using this as a reason are being petty because if you lined up every single superstar under a WWE contract, Owens would stand out as one of the most gifted in-ring competitors.
His weight shouldn’t affect his career. Not everybody has to look like a superhero or a giant. They don't need to have the super-ripped bodies or the great looks, because not everybody in society looks that way.
Fans love Daniel Bryan because he is relatable, because he is normal and he seems to be ‘one of us’.
Owens is in a similar situation.
Owens is a relatable superstar because when you look at him, he doesn’t stand out as someone who could compete in a WWE ring but he goes out there and puts on great performances.
Owens is a fan of the business, it’s treated him and his family well and he’s deserving his chance to shine on the main roster, but to use his weight as an excuse to hold him down is shameful.
If he’s a great superstar, then he deserves the same opportunities as everyone else and he shouldn’t be forced to change his look because he has had so much success with it already.
It’s why his fans love him, and why the remainder hate him.
Only time will tell what the future holds for Owens. Whether he does change his look and enters the main event picture remains to be seen. But backstage politics could have a huge effect on the development of Kevin Owens, which is a shame.