Kevin Owens Drops AEW Star Mention During SmackDown Episode

Friendships in wrestling defy brand rivalries.

by Noman Rasool
Kevin Owens Drops AEW Star Mention During SmackDown Episode
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Kevin Owens, a WWE mainstay for nearly a decade, has made waves by acknowledging his close friend and AEW talent Adam Cole during a recent WWE Digital Exclusive video following a SmackDown episode. This shoutout gains significance as Adam Cole underwent ankle surgery last Friday, following a debilitating injury on AEW Dynamite last month.

Owens, previously known by his real name Kevin Steen in the independent circuit, has always been open about his friendships beyond WWE. His long-standing camaraderie with Sami Zayn is widely celebrated, but lesser-known is his friendship with Adam Cole, who recently left WWE to join its rival brand, AEW.

Owens and Cole share a bond that dates back to their indie wrestling days, even capturing a memorable moment in 2016 when both were champions—Owens with WWE's Universal Title and Cole with Ring of Honor's World Title.

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Cole's recent ankle injury was sustained in a high-risk maneuver during an AEW Dynamite episode, leading to an immediate hiatus from the ring. Cole revealed that he would need two surgeries, sidelining him for several months.

Addressing this, Owens took the opportunity post-SmackDown to extend his warm wishes. "I just want to say I have a friend named Adam who had a very serious surgery today. He’s at the hospital now recovering. I just want to say Adam, we love you, we're with you, and take care of yourself, buddy," said Owens.

This emotional moment coincides with another significant development for Owens: his trade from WWE Raw to SmackDown. This move was facilitated by Jey Uso's earlier trade from SmackDown to Raw, consequently dissolving Owens' tag team with Zayn for the foreseeable future.

While this signifies a new chapter for both men as singles competitors, it also underscores the complexity and humanity behind the personas that wrestling fans so passionately follow. The candid shoutout from Owens brings into focus the often-overlooked personal relationships between wrestling stars, while also leaving fans to speculate on Owens' future in WWE and his relationship with talents from rival promotions like AEW.

As the wrestling community sends their best to Adam Cole for a speedy recovery, Kevin Owens steps into a new chapter on SmackDown, laden with possibilities. But it's clear that no matter where the storylines take him, Owens' friendships transcend brand boundaries.

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