RJ’s Two Cents - How Kevin Owens Winning the IC Title Affects His Booking Going Into WrestleMania 32
By RJ Marceau
After losing the title over two months I think it was safe to say that Kevin Owens losing the title at TLC was a mistake. Owens was expected to go on to bigger and better things from the WWE Universe but instead he went on to lose to Dean Ambrose twice for the Intercontinental Championship. Even though the matches were really good I thought Owens would be looked at as the next top heel that he is.
It’s nice to see Owens recapture the IC title but it leaves the WWE audience at a cross roads when you know he should be featured in a more highly touted contest at WrestleMania 32. When rumored reports of Owens facing either Lesnar or Undertaker came out I was excited. Owens has been the top heel for the past year and with the roster depleted they need replacements. Imagine Owens being the one to finally pin “The Beast” Brock Lesnar. This would thrust him into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship picture going into the spring and summer.
Instead Owens will probably be in a multi-man title match or The Andre The Giant Memorial. Everyone knows I am a big KO guy but biased aside the WWE not featuring him in a marquee match is a mistake. They have dropped the ball with Owens over the past few months. Instead of having him be a main focus point when Seth Rollins, John Cena and Randy Orton got injured they put him on the back burner. The main event scene could use some new blood and Owens is a big money player for the WWE.
It all comes down to Vince and his decisions. Rumors say that Vince and Kevin Dunn aren’t as high on Owens due to his build. This shows how out of touch Vince is that since Owens may be seen as overweight that he won’t get a push. The IC title makes him credible but when he is definitely worthy of a big match at 'Mania it is underwhelming.
Owens will face Dolph Ziggler on Sunday at Fastlane. Owens should retain and I could see him facing AJ Styles. Owens eliminated Styles from the Royal Rumble and after Fastlane I could see them having Jericho cost Ambrose the WWE title. This would lead them into a program for WrestleMania since Ambrose eliminated Jericho at the Rumble. I would rather see these two singles matches than toss them all in a Fatal 4-Way. Those matches can be exciting but also can be a cluster.
Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles sells me and attracts the WWE Universe to watch WrestleMania 32. Will it happen? Probably not, but wishful thinking is always good.
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