Strength and skill are Kevin Owens’ most known assets in the wrestling ring and he has used it to climb the ladder of success in his career. Since his wrestling debut in May 2000, he has worked in a host of wrestling companies including the Ring of Honor (ROH), Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), International Wrestling Syndicate (IWS), World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as well as SmackDown. His long stay in the ring has also been marked with him claiming lots of wins, including becoming the first wrestler to hold two IWS titles simultaneously, winning the United States Championship three times, as well as the Intercontinental and Universal Championships among others.
Kevin Owens Started His Quest To Becoming A Pro Wrestler At Age 14
Born as Kevin Steen on May 7th, 1984, in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu in Quebec, to Terry and Suzanne Steen, the WWE Pro Wrestler is bilingual – fluent in French and English and is from a French-Canadian background. It was gathered that he was raised in an environment where all kinds of sports were encouraged and as such, he was influenced by his environment. He developed a keen interest in sports as a kid focusing majorly on hockey, baseball, and football. However, in his teenage years, Owens tilted a bit away from regular sports after watching the wrestlers Diesel and Shawn Michaels in a fierce battle.
Owens then began to train as a wrestler under the tutelage of the former American pro wrestler, Terry Taylor whom Kevin Owens greatly respects. The young Kevin wasted no time as he quickly mastered the art and started his career professionally. His first match was held on the 7th of May, 2000 which happened to be his 16th birthday, and that was when he adopted the name, Kevin Owens.
His Professional Career Kicked Off In 2003 With The International Wrestling Syndicate
As a budding wrestler, Owens is known to have made his debut in the International Wrestling Syndicate (IWS) on the 16th of August, 2003 during the Born to Bleed combat. However, he was defeated in this match by Pierre Carl Ouellet (PCO).
Kevin, with his team members, was also defeated in 2 other matches by PCO that same year. He eventually recorded his first win in June 2004 when he defeated El Generico, to win the IWS World Heavyweight Championship. Owens also went on to defeat Roderick Strong in October that year to defend the title at Jersey All Pro Wrestling.
The skilled wrestler kept his winning track record in the IWS and even when he eventually lost the title at the Violent Valentine held on February 16th, 2008, he regained it the next year during the Know Your Enemies combat on March 22nd, 2008 when he defeated Max Boyer and El Generico. Kevin Owens is also known as the first wrestler to simultaneously hold 2 IWS titles after he won the IWS Canadian Championship on the 24th of May, 2008 in addition to the IWS World Heavyweight Championship which he had laid claim to earlier.
Kevin Recorded Several Wins In Combat Zone Wrestling
The notable wrestler made his Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) debut in 2004 and though he was not able to clinch the trophy for the CZW Match of the Year, he was able to land his first win the next year. The CZW Iron Man Champion title was given to Owens after he defeated Franky The Mobster in 2005. He also recorded several other wins against the likes of Super Dragon, Nate Webb, El Generico, Chris Sabin, Necro Butcher, and B.J. Whitmer among others to retain the title.
However, the pro wrestler lost his title a day shy of completing his one year reign to the female wrestler, LuFisto. After that match, he was not seen until sometime in February 2008 at a no contest combat with Vordell Walker. Kevin was also not seen for another 6 years after the match but resurfaced in 2014. That year, he lost his first match against Masato Tanaka but recorded victory when he fought with DJ Hyde in Rhode Island.
He Has Featured In Fights By Pro Wrestling Guerilla (PWG)
In 2005, Kevin Owens wrestled for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) and acquired a championship title which was later claimed by Joey Ryan. While wrestling for PWG, Owens teamed up with El Generico on the 29th of July, 2007 and won the PWG World Tag Team Championship title after a fierce battle with PAC and Roderick Strong – the defending Champions.
Owens and El Generico held the title for a year before they eventually lost it to Jack Evans and Roderick Strong in 2008. However, Owens had to leave PWG for some time as he had more demands from the Ring of Honor (ROH) but he would return in 2010.
Upon his return, Kevin continued his exploits and by the next year, he laid hold of the PWG World Championship twice. He lost it in October 2011 but would go on to win the PWG World Tag Team Championship alongside Dragon. The wins as well as losses continued in the coming years until he bid farewell to PWG.
Kevin Owens Has An Impressive Ring Of Honor Record
In addition to the other wrestling companies, Kevin Owens was also a part of the Ring of Honor (ROH). The pro wrestler, who teamed up with El Generico during most of his fights in 2007, ended up winning the ROH World Tag Team Championship when they defeated The Age of the Fall team in September 2007. The pair held on to the title for the next 2 years before losing it to The American Wolves in 2009.
By November 4th, 2010, it was made known that ROH’S agreement with Kevin Owens would come to an end as a result of financial constraints. However, he would return in June 2011 at the Best in the World 2011 combat. He faced a lot of opposition in the first year of his comeback but the pro wrestler was determined to show his skills in the ROH and by May 2012, he laid claim of his first ROH World Championship title.
Kevin continued to show his skills in the ROH in subsequent matches but he lost his title in 2013 to Jay Briscoe. His contract with ROH was also drawing to an end but before he finally left in 2014, he defeated Steve Corino in his last ROH match.
He Continued To Show Excellence With His Exploits With The WWE
On August 12, 2014, it was announced that Kevin Owens had joined the WWE; after which, he stole the show during the NXT Championship. Although he did not win the championship that year, he went on to win the title of NXT Champion after defeating Sami Zayn (El Generico) on February 11th, 2015 at the NXT Takeover: Rival.
In the following years, he became a regular in other WWE events like Raw, WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, and SummerSlam amongst several others where he was, most times, the unbeatable champ.
Kevin has also made his mark by emerging victorious in several matches including his fight against Shane McMahon, Kofi Kingston, and Braun Strowman. More so, exuding pure strength and determination, Kevin Owens claimed the Intercontinental Championship in 2017, earned his first world title in WWE that same year, and crowned it all with his title as the United States Champion all in one year.
So far, the pro wrestler is known to have won 1 NXT Championship, 2 WWE Universal Championship, 2 WWE Intercontinental Championship, and 3 WWE United States Championship.
The Feud With His Former Partner, El Generico, Was Ranked As The Best Feud Of The Year In 2010
With his return to the ROH in 2007, Kevin is known for his notable pairing with El Generico in most of the matches he featured in. However, on the 19th of December, 2009, things went south between the pair at Final Battle 2009. After they had lost the live pay-per-view match to The Young Bucks, Kevin turned on his partner, El Generico, and attacked him.
Kevin Owens eventually went on to form a new team with Steve Corino and El Generico paired up with Cabana. At The Big Bang! combat, Generico and Cabana won against Owens and Corino. However, on June 19th, 2010, Kevin ended up defeating El Generico in a singles match.
The subsequent months leading to December 2010 also saw Kevin and Generico in numerous types of confrontations. Finally, on December 18th, 2010, Canadian Wrestler faced El Generico in what was tagged ‘an unsanctioned Fight Without Honor’. El Generico emerged the winner thereby putting an end to the feud and it is known that it had cost Kevin his place in the ROH. The feud was highly publicized and so attracted a lot of attention among fans and critics.
Kevin Owens Caused Shane McMahon To Be Suspended In 2017
In July 2017, SmackDown Live General Manager, Daniel Bryan announced that Owens and AJ Styles would be fighting during the United States Championship at SummerSlam, with Shane McMahon serving as the special guest referee. At the match, Owens lost to Styles and by the next month, he demanded another match with Styles to which Shane succumbed to. However, he was yet again defeated by Styles in this rematch and this made him end his quest to regain the championship title from him.
However, a new feud commenced between Kevin and Shane in September 2017. He reportedly demanded to have another match to give him a chance to win the United States Championship but this time around, Shane turned down his request. Owens resulted in insulting Shane’s children who retaliated by attacking the pro wrestler. For this act, the guest referee was suspended and Vincent McMahon was brought in to be the next guest referee for the SmackDown Live that was slated for the following week.
What Is The Pro Wrestler Up To Now?
In 2018, Owens, who was a free agent, approached the Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle to give him a job. Although Angle was not willing to give Owens a shot he was finally convinced to let Owens and Sami Zayn fight for a Raw contract. However, the match ended in a no contest hence both men lost the opportunity to get signed by Raw but this changed the following week as the men were signed by Raw Commissioner, Stephanie McMahon.
Towards the end of the next year, on the 11th of October, 2019, Owens became a part of Raw’s draft and went on to appear in several games in the coming months. In early March 2020, the pro wrestler, who cost Rollins and Murphy their Raw Tag Team Championship, was challenged by Rollins to a fight which he won at WrestleMania on March 2nd, 2020.
Kevin Owens Is A Happily Married Man & A Father To Two Kids
The WWE wrestler is married to Karina whom he met over the internet. Kevin and his wife began exchanging messages on Myspace in 2006. The pair dated for about a month over the internet before they met in person. A year later, the lovestruck pair exchanged their vows.
The couple now has two kids together – a son named, Owen, and a daughter named, Elodie. It is known that Kevin named his son after the former pro wrestler, Owen Hart, and he, in turn, got his stage name ‘Owens’ from his son’s name. He even appeared with his son, who was 6 months old in May 2008, at the DDT4 Night One event. When Excalibur called his son ‘ugly’, Kevin was infuriated and retaliated by performing 3 consecutive sets of piledrives on Excalibur then placed his son on top of him.
More so, Karina and her husband have grown pretty close over the years, and judging by the pictures they share on Instagram, they seem very much in love with each other. The pair have matching ‘K’ tattoos as well as the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ tattoos. Kevin also has their son and daughter’s names tattooed on his wrist.
Karina Owens Has Also Been Quite Active In Her Career Pursuits
Karina Owens is an intelligent woman who attended Moreno Valley College where she earned an Associate Degree in Math and Science. She then went on to attend California Baptist University where she acquired a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2013.
She eventually landed her first job known to the public in Jason’s Deli Salad Bar; she worked there from January 2014 to March 2015. Karina then moved on to Skechers as a retailer in June 2015 and has been working with them ever since. She is also working at the Moreno Valley College as a Supplemental Instructor and has been part of the Intertek team since May 2018 as their Associate Project Coordinator.