I’ve been struggling for weeks now on deciding what to write for my second piece here on 859 Sports Magazine. I knew it would be wrestling related, but I couldn’t really put my finger on something and go ‘Yes. That’s what I need to write about.’
Until last night.
For those of you who follow wrestling, I hope you already know who this is and why I am writing this. If you don’t… well, you will and this article is for you.
Do you have the WWE Network? If not, well, you should. There are many reasons. (Like the entire month of February being free, for one) It’s easy to sign up, there is no commitment and should you decide you like it and want to keep it, it’s only $9.99 a month for a LOT of on-demand content. That includes all of WWE’s current shows, PPV’s, etc. And, most importantly, it includes NXT. But enough schilling, let’s get back to the subject at hand.
His name is Kevin Owens. He is wrestling’s future.
Last night, WWE presented NXT: Rival on the WWE Network. NXT is the developmental territory for WWE, where future stars hone their crafts to prepare them for being on the grand stage. But truthfully, calling it just a developmental territory seems almost dirty to me. Their weekly show is an hour of some of the best wrestling (YES, wrestling) and storytelling in the business today. But no matter how good their weekly show is, there is nothing that beats their specials. Five, in all, so far… and they are, without question; THE hottest and most exciting thing to come out of professional wrestling in the last decade.
That’s where this man comes in. Kevin Owens has been signed to WWE for two months. Just two. He’s been told his entire career that he just didn’t fit the mold. He’s too fat and too unattractive. Too unorthodox. Too indie. And last night, he put on a spectacle the likes of which wrestling hasn’t seen in a very long time. It wasn’t just the match, though that was incredible. It wasn’t just the build up TO the match, also incredibly executed. It was him. He sold it. He personified EVERYTHING that makes a wrestler into a star. Passion. Ability. Psychology. (And oh boy, if you’re a serious fan of wrestling, did you ever get an eyeful of psychology last night. Especially AFTER the match.)
I won’t give away the story. I will simply implore you to get the WWE Network and watch NXT: Rival. The whole show was solid and there were a lot of great matches, including a women’s fatal four way that I can PROMISE you will blow you away. But nothing touches Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn. Do yourself a favor and watch it. Because sometimes, there simply are no words to describe.
Andrea is the 859Sports.com Pro Wrestling Chief Corespondant and hails from parts unknown (Ohio).