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.
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WWE has signed Canadian Superstar Kevin Steen to its NXT division. The burly, outspoken, Package Piledriving Quebec native, who bolts around the ring with equal parts grace and bad intentions, thrives on throwing fists and talking trash.
A 14-year veteran, Steen began training, with his parents’ approval, when he was a teenager. Possessing what no less than “Stone Cold” Steve Austin has described as a “hell of an arsenal,” Steen has earned many accolades in North America and abroad, including the Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and Ring of Honor heavyweight championships. In 2013, the magazine Pro Wrestling Illustrated ranked him 10th on its annual list of the world’s top 500 wrestlers.
Along the way to becoming a world-class competitor, he also amassed one of the largest followings of any wrestler outside WWE, a fanbase that belts out their “Fight, Steen, fight!” mantra with pride. In his first official interview as a WWE signee, Steen spoke to WWE.com about his long-awaited signing, his expectations for NXT, WWE Network’s debut on Rogers Communications and his well-documented passion for visiting zoos.
Last night Kevin wrestled for Northeast Wrestling against Jerry Lawler in a Piledriver VS Piledriver match.
Lawler won the match, hitting the Piledriver. Watch the finish below:
At PWG's "Eleven" event, Kevin Steen took on Trevor Lee. Trevor pinned Lee with a Small Package.
Following the match, the crowd started a "Thank You Steen" chant. Kevin got on the mic and told them that he is going to help El Generico raise orphans in Mexico.
Following the main event, Mount Rushmore have a group hug in the ring, when Adam Cole, Nick & Matt Jackson Triple Superkicked Steen. Leaving him alone in the ring.
On Sunday at SMASH Wrestling, Kevin Steen defeated Tyson Dux with the Package Piledriver.
In an emotional moment, Steen thanked the fans and spoke volumes of his opponent. Steen demanded that both Dux and referee Jimmy Korderas join him in the ring for a three-man version of Dux's infamous dance from his earlier days. Watch the video below.
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The Summer Heat Tour was Kevin Steen's final three matches with Ring Of Honor. The First show, "Aftershock" on July 12th, saw Kevin defeat Tomasso Ciampa in their fist singles match.
On July 19th, Kevin lost to Silas Young in a rematch from Best In The World. During the match, Silas and Steen went through a makeshift table.
In his final ROH match, Kevin Steen defeated Steve Corino with the Package Piledriver.
Following the match, Jimmy Jacobs came down post match and all three men hugged but it was a set up!
Roderick Strong & BJ Whitmer hit ring & attack Steen but he’s able to fend them off.
Babyfaces came down to help. After balloons, silly string, a John Cena action figure & champagne are all out for the party.
At Kevin's last 2CW show, he and Jason Axe lost the Tag Team Titles. But not just to anyone, they lost them to The Dudley Boyz/Team 3D.
Here is a YouTube search with some 2CW/Steen/Dudley videos: YOUTUBE