Two powerbombs on the edge of the ring apron, two sickening thuds, and two elite NXT Superstars taken out of the arena on stretchers. That's what Kevin Owens has swiftly delivered since stepping into the spotlight to kick off NXT TakeOver: R Evolution on WWE Network.
If you weren't already buying into the hype surrounding Owens' debut, K.O. made sure you at least were taking notice that he is a man of a different breed, if you can even classify him as a "man" and not a beast who will stab his longtime friend in the back and mercilessly pick the bones clean. Owens didn't come all this way — battling across the globe since the age of 16 against the independent scene's absolute best — to simply fill another spot on the NXT roster. The 6-foot, 266-pound brawler is here to pummel the competition en route to WWE Superstardom. And if you dare to doubt it, just ask Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville how their battered backs are feeling
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Just one week removed from TakeOver: R Evolution, former NXT ChampionAdrian Neville called out newcomer Kevin Owens for the shocking assault that forced Sami Zayn to be stretchered out of Full Sail University.
Owens retorted by saying he didn’t have any problems with Neville, but if the high-flyer was looking for a fight, he now had one, setting the stage for an unbelievable main event!
Adrian Neville vs. Kevin Owens ended in a double count-out
The NXT Universe was on the edge of their seats as the former NXT Champion clashed with the brute force of Kevin Owens. Adrian Neville used his speed to his advantage, ducking under the encroaching blows of his opponent before hitting him with fast kicks. Owens retreated to the arena floor, slowing the match down and drawing Neville outside, where he bludgeoned him with a huge clothesline from behind.
Though Neville tried to fight back, Owens’ onslaught seemed unstoppable. Neville rebounded and eventually sent his foe to the floor with a big head kick, following up with a gravity-defying dive. However, when Neville tried to drag Owens back into the ring, Owens tossed him head-first into the steel ring post.
As a result, neither man was able to get back in the ring before the referee counted to 10, forcing him to call the bout. A furious Owens then grabbed Neville and powerbombed him onto the ring apron, just like he did to Sami Zayn at TakeOver. As medical staff loaded Neville onto a stretcher, the NXT Universe was left wondering if there is anyone who can stop the sadistic Kevin Owens.
Kevin Owens made his WWE debut with a strong win over CJ Parker in the opening match at tonight’s NXT Takeover: R Evolution two-hour live special.
Kevin hit a Corner Cannon Ball, followed by a Somersault Plancha to the outside!
The fans chant ‘holy shit’ as Owens says it’s just the beginning, then he whips Parker in the corner and throws a few punches before Parker kicks him in the face. Parker throws a few more strikes and connects with a kick, then Steen connects with a lariat and hits a pump handle slam and a pop up powerbomb for the win.
The crowd at Full Sail University was on fire for the debut from the second his name came up on the screen, throughout the entire match and after. There were loud “Fight Owens Fight” and “Owens’ Gonna Kill You” chants.
Near the end of the match, CJ Parker hit Owens with a palm strike that connected right in the face, busting him open the hard way. There was enough blood that the cameras could not ignore it, and he may have suffered a broken nose because of the move. Following the pinfall, the referee (Drake Younger) cleaned up some of the blood, but Owens was clearly not worried about as he celebrated his first victory in the WWE.
Following the main event, where Sami Zayn defeated Adrian Nevelle, Kevin Owens – who was mentioned as being Zayn’s best friend throughout the night – came to the ring to congratulate him.
The majority of the roster, including trainer Pat Patterson and several developmental talents, came down as well to hold up the new champion in the ring. They teased an attack by Adrian Neville, but the two ended up “hugging it out”.
To end the broadcast, in a major surprise, Kevin Owens came back and attacked Sami Zayn, hitting him with a powerbomb into the ring apron. General Manager William Regal came down to check on the champ as Owens walked off to end the night.
"Kevin Owens reveals his motivations for fighting"
Leaders of the new school: Sami Zayn, Hideo Itami, Adrian Neville, Fergal Devitt and Kevin Steen talk to WWE.com about their generation.
In August, NXT sensation Sami Zayn sent out a tweet that, in precisely 140 characters, at once gave hope, elicited excitement and put the sports-entertainment world on notice.
Some 3,000-plus favorite tweets and retweets later and the buzz surrounding “Zayn’s generation” — let’s call it WWE’s new New Generation — has only intensified. As WWE fans await the in-ring debuts of international Superstars Fergal Devitt and the wrestler formerly known as KENTA, Hideo Itami, and independent wrestling demigod Kevin Steen, WWE.com sat down with the NXT Five inside the place they call home — the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla. — for a roundtable discussion to learn about their connections to each other inside the ring and out.
Read on as they discuss their struggles journeying to WWE, why WWE has always been the final destination, and the heavy duty that comes with being the new guard.