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.
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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.