Kevin Owens was moved over to Monday Night Raw as part of the recent WWE draft, but after coming up short with his team at Survivor Series, he has now stepped into a feud with Seth Rollins. Owens was also seen at NXT Takeover and it looked like it was plausible that he could turn on Team Raw, but WWE decided not to make that happen.
Owens has been through a number of interesting feuds in recent months, but it was as part of his feud with Shane McMahon that the former Universal Champion debuted The Stunner as ghis finisher. This is a move that is more commonly associated with Stone Cold Steve Austin, but it appears that Owens actually asked The Rattlesnake’s permission before claiming the move for his own.
Owens recently appeared on WWE’s After The Bell, where he revealed all about how he adopted The Stunner to host Corey Graves.
“I had a conversation with (Steve Austin) years ago actually, I want to say it was in 2016. This is the thing, people were doing the stunner – you know, you’d have the odd guy do the stunner in a random match as just something they were doing and that was it, nobody was using it as a trademark but I had seen guys use a stunner here and there but not to the extent that I felt it should be used.”
“I went to Steve and I asked him if I could use it and he was very happy that I asked him, you know me giving him the respect of it, but more than anything he was happy that somebody asked him because he’s like ‘you want to use it as your finisher?’ I’m like ‘yes.’ He’s like ‘God, it’s about time, I can’t believe nobody’s tried this yet,'” he said via SEScoops.
Owens revealed that he wasn’t allowed to use the move for a while on WWE TV since he also had to ask their permission, but that didn’t stop him from sneaking it into a televised match with Roman Reigns before he was allowed to.