”The Great One” The Rock was present at this week’s Monday Night RAW to shoot a sequence for his production company, Seven Bucks Production’s upcoming film ‘Fighting With My Family’. Kevin Owens took this opportunity to greet The People’s Champion backstage.
In an Instagram post, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson shared a story about how he had noticed ”Mr Wrestling” Kevin Owens (fka Kevin Steen) as an independent pro wrestler on YouTube when he was training with Curt Hawkins and Curtis Axel for his in-ring return in 2012.
Appreciate The Champ himself, Kevin Owens stopping by "The People's Hood" to say hello. People's Hood is the nickname for my dressing rooms. We had a good laugh about the story of when I was training for my WWE comeback and title run (2012) I was training with Kurt Hawkins and Joe Hennig. After our workout, me and Kurt were chopping it up about great independent wrestlers. I said "Dude I just saw this guy last night on YouTube named Kill Steen or something like that. He's amazing." Kurt said, "That's my good friend Kevin Owens". I said "We'll tell your friend he's bad ass and I hope WWE signs him." Now 5yrs later and relentless hard work, he's WWE Universal Champion. I like when good things happen to good hard working people. He's an asshole though for growing a better beard than I can. #RAW #StaplesCenter #PeoplesHood #UniversalChamp #KevinOwens #FightingWithMyFamily
Kevin Owens wrestled in the independent circuit under the name Kevin Steen before signing with WWE and appearing on WWE TV on the NXT brand. He made his debut on WWE TV on the NXT TakeOver: R-Evolution Specials Event in the opening match of the night. He wrestled for indy promotions before joining WWE with the likes of Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), Ring Of Honor Wrestling (ROH) and Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW).
After he signed with WWE, he was asked about the perception that he doesn’t fit the WWE mold, to which he responded:
“I actually didn’t, and that might be hard to believe for a lot of people. I’ve encountered a lot of people in my career that didn’t think I’d ever get to WWE, but I’m actually really proud to be an exception, which is what I’ve been pretty much my entire career, everywhere I’ve went. I’ve never been the norm and I take great pride in that, but I never doubted that I would get here eventually.”
As mentioned above, The Rock was on RAW to shoot a scene of the upcoming movie based on Paige’s life, ‘Fighting With My Family’. The Rock and his crew recreated Paige’s debut when she won the WWE Divas Championship against AJ Lee on her first night on WWE RAW.
Rock even created waves by calling CM Punk on his phone after the fans at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA chanted for the former WWE Superstar.
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