Kevin Owens had a busy night on Raw, having hosted Seth Rollins on his talk show and announcing his participation in the Royal Rumble. 'KO' then faced current US champion, Damian Priest, in a no holds barred match. During the match, the former Universal Champion successfully prevented Priest from unleashing the more brutal side of him.
In the final stages of the contest, Owens simulated a knee injury that allowed him to surprise the Archer of Infamy and clinch the victory. During his WWE career, the 37-year-old Canadian held the NXT Championship once, the Universal Championship once, the Intercontinental title twice and the United States Championship three times.
Previously, he won several titles in independent federations such as Ring of Honor, Combat Zone Wrestling and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. During the latest edition of 'Legion of RAW' on Sportskeeda, former WWE and WCW writer Vince Russo heavily criticized Kevin Owens.
Vince Russo on Kevin Owens
"I didn't realize Kevin Owens had a talk show" - admitted Vince Russo. “I wondered why he was dressed that way. I don't mean to sound rude, but he looked a lot like Fred Flintstone.
His clothing and his build reminded me of this comparison. I didn't quite understand what WWE's plans are for his character ”- he added to the dose. The former WWE writer also analyzed the imminent return of Mickie James: “I doubt Vince McMahon's intention is to strike deals with other wrestling federations.
I think the reason for Mickie's return to WWE has particular roots. I think he has something to do with how they treated her when she was released. Do you remember the story of the infamous garbage bag that his stuff was put in? It was really bad behavior and WWE wants to forgive her.
I think this is the logic behind such a strange move." Damian Priest has enjoyed a five-month-long reign as the United States Champion. He has been one of the stronger Champions in recent times and was perhaps the best to implement the open challenge system since John Cena and has been a fighting champion.
Kevin Owens is almost guaranteed to get the next US Title shot, and whether it's before or after the Royal Rumble is yet to be seen. However, Priest's momentum could come to a serious halt if he loses the US Title. It was an exciting battle as both men shared great chemistry inside the ring.
During the match's closing moments, Owens was shown favoring his left hamstring and even requested a trainer to check on it.