Even if Kevin Owens participates in his career at WrestleMania, the world’s largest wrestling competition, for the fifth time this weekend, Quebecers will never forget where he comes from. As one of the most important struggles in his career, he vividly remembers when he knew what his life was going to be, and today he does not regret it.
All wrestling fans know Kevin Owens. In recent years, he has grown into one of WWE’s most popular wrestlers. However, few people know its history.
When he showed up at the Raymond James Stadium in front of 25,000 people on Sunday, it was clear that the big man would miss him owing to his father’s father, which was when he had just passed away in Owens. A precise decision made. age 11.
“All the credit goes to my father, because he is the one who rents WrestleMania 11 tapes. He doesn’t rent wrestling tapes very often, but he takes them to the video store to make changes. When he put it on the player, at first I or More or less interested, but I entered immediately when the first battle started. I didn’t win. It has been 21 years since my career. I feel like I won’t drop out of school anytime soon,” he said.
However, this road is not easy, especially when he chooses to keep his distance from Jacques Rougeau, a reference man in the Quebec field. Of course, a difficult decision has to be made, but in the end it may be the best decision of his career: “After taking the first step with Serge Jodoin, I studied at Jacques Rougeau’s school. After three years, I feel very happy and I have a sense of belonging to the company and the wrestling school. On the other hand, when I started to learn more about how the wrestling industry works, I realized that Jacques’ vision was not achieved The best choice of where I want to go, that is to say-said in WWE.
A few years later, he is leading the game, and on Sunday he will face a compatriot he knows well. Sami Zayn, a Laval resident like him, must eat the black bread before he can enter the largest stage in the world.
Their competition is not new. In fact, since 2003, two opponents and friends have faced each other more than 700 times.
The two attackers were fighting in the Skratch bar in Laval. For Owens, this is an unforgettable memory. He found that, in hindsight, both wrestlers started from a distance and their journeys were similar.
“Obviously, Sammy and I have a lot in common, and we have a similar passion for wrestling. This is a passion that I have never seen before among anyone else in Quebec. At the time we even thought it would be our last fight. Because that was the day before I talked to Jacques Rougeau, and I decided to continue to leave him.”
Never, on this November night in Laval, Owens can imagine that on August 29, 2016, WWE will make him an all-around champion, which is a very important honor for all wrestlers, and Quebec People are proud of watching the cassette tape in a dull afternoon, but it changes everything. “Even if I think about it today, I will shudder because the 11-year-old viewers found it strange when watching the WrestleMania tape because I thought it would happen, because nothing is right. The grand dream is, At the same time, this seems impossible.”
See the interview with Kevin Owens in the video above.