Wrestling / Kevin Steen

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"...And that's why I'm the champ!"

"I will fight anyone, and everyone..."

Kevin Steen (born May 7, 1984) is a Canadian professional wrestler trained by Jacques Rougeau and Pierre Carl Oulette best known for his work in Ring of Honor, Pro Wrestling Guerilla, and other independent promotions. He signed to WWE in 2014 and was put to work on its developmental brand, WWE NXT, as Kevin Owens.

Among the feds Steen has won titles in are Squared Circle Wrestling (2CW), Capital City Championship Combat (C*4), North Shore Pro Wrestling and All American Wrestling. In particular, he has been an ROH World Heavyweight and World Tag Team Champion (1-time each), as well as PWG World Heavyweight and World Tag Team Champion (3-times each). His partner for nearly all the aforementioned tag title victories, as well as his arch-enemy in the 2010 Wrestling Observer Feud of the Year in ROH, is his real-life best friend El Generico. They've since resumed their feud on NXT as Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn respectively. Owens is a former NXT Champion, WWE Intercontinental Champion and WWE Universal Champion.

Per the usual, you can find more on his career at That Other Wiki here.


"Fight, Tropes, Fight! Kill, Tropes, Kill!":

  • Acrofatic: During his match with Chris Hero on the January 11 (taped January 4), 2014 episode of ROH, he climbed to the top turnbuckle and former SCUM stablemate and current commentator Steve Corino said, "For a big man, he can fly." And he's not lying, either—this wildebeest is capable of somersault planchas and top rope moonsaults!
  • Affably Evil:
    • He's often very courteous and polite in interviews, even when he's ordering the interviewers to say what he wants them to say.
    • He was shown along with everyone else from NXT sans-character, visibly in tears when Triple H was making his speech on the death of Dusty Rhodes.
    • Crossing into Even Evil Has Standards, he was shown among the wrestlers who tried to break up the brawl between The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar in the weeks leading up to SummerSlam 2015.
  • Always Someone Better:
    • Met and was defeated by Iceman, a bigger, fatter high flyer, during 1 Pro Wrestling Know Your Enemy 2006 in England. He'd get some measure of revenge in a tag match at westside Xtreme wrestling World Lightweight tournament later that year (neither were involved in the tournament itself, obviously).
    • Sami Zayn claims that he’s this to Owens, with the result of driving Owens into a barely-concealed rage.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • El Generico/Sami Zayn, as well as Jim Cornette. He will hate and swear to destroy entire companies over their presence. With Zayn, many, including Steen/Owens himself, have said that they are destined to fight forever.
    • John Cena, because he regards Cena's influence as a threat to his bond with his son.
    • Dean Ambrose. Unlike Zayn and Cena, there's no real reason beyond the Intercontinental Championship. They just don't like each other. In fact, from November 2015 to the end of 2016, Ambrose and Owens had fought each other almost a dozen times, and not once Owens is able to beat Ambrose (other than faking a disqualification on Smackdown 11/05/2015 by pretending to suffer a low blow from Ambrose).
  • The Atoner: He ended being the one to have to stop Jimmy Jacobs and SCUM, the monsters he created.
  • Audience Surrogate: Described as such when Nigel McGuinness lamented that maybe that "Fat Loser" was right before telling the RoHbots to screw themselves and derisively comparing them to Steen.
  • Ax-Crazy Blood Knight: Definitively and proudly this as Steen. Pretends to be more benign about it as Owens, but the sadism is undeniable once he gets in a fight.
    • Shown on December 28th episode of Raw, when after losing to Neville in 20 seconds, he lost it and completely destroyed Neville before being run off by Dean Ambrose. However, he returned and attacked Dean Ambrose after his match and powerbombed Ambrose through the announce table! After that, he had a calm, almost orgasmic reaction.
  • Badass Beard
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: As the WWE Universal Champion, while not wrestling.
  • Bash Brothers: Mike Bailey, Pat Skillz, Jason Axe, Super Dragon, Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson, Sexxxy Eddy, Akira Tozawa. More recently, Chris Jericho. Formerly, Steve Corino.
  • Beard of Evil: Inverted for his first Face–Heel Turn. After he turned on El Generico, he shaved his beard off.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For / Create Your Own Villain: He opposed Jimmy Jacobs and Steve Corino's attempts to get clean of their addiction to evil until they gave in and joined him to create SCUM, a group fully intent on destroying Ring of Honor and remaking it into their image ala Christopher Daniels' former Prophecy stable. This decision would come back to bite Steen, as around the same time as he got second thoughts and began to love ROH again without Jim Cornette around (his issues with Cornette were what caused him to hate the company in the first place), Corino turned SCUM into a full-on army of evil. As soon as he lost the ROH title in part because of his own honor and refusal to take SCUM's help (though they stormed the ring anyway), he got violently kicked out of the stable and ROH soon became a matter of him vs. them.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't ever mock his son. Excalibur found out the hard way.
    • Don't ever make it to WWE before he does. He will swiftly and violently resent you.
    • Anything and everything to do with Sami Zayn is becoming this during his time at NXT. Adrian Neville and Alex Riley both called him out on his treatment of Zayn, and both got brutally punished for it. Zayn himself punched this button on purpose to secure a rematch with Owens at the May 2015 Takeover event. And when Zayn made a surprise entry into the 2016 Royal Rumble, Owens lost his mind, and his rage doubled when Zayn eliminated him.
  • Big Bad: For NXT. In contrast to heels like Tyler Breeze and Tyson Kidd, who were sleazy but not monstrous, Owens has set himself up as the near-unstoppable monster who will do anything to see the entire NXT Universe laid at his feet.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He along with El Generico and Delirious came out together to save Tyler Black from Jimmy Jacobs's thugs and bring the Age of the Fall to an end.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • A native of Quebec, subjecting him to this promo set before a ROH show in Montreal: Steen attempts to con Colt Cabana into saying "I slept with my mom last night," only for Cabana to switch "my" with "his" while acting oblivious to the con or to how he made it backfire on Steen.
    • Steen also did two promos for this show entirely in quebecois, neither of which were subtitled by Ring of Honor—albeit they're straight-forward and serious instead.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Congratulated Zayn on his win at NXT Takeover 3…and attacked him seconds later. And he's done this before, too—see Wham Line for that one.
  • Blatant Lies: On Smack Down, March 3, 2016, he claims that won't attack an injured Dean Ambrose from behind because he's a nice guy, seconds before doing so. Luckily, Ambrose was smart enough to predict his intention and easily fights him back.
  • Blood Knight: Could practically be a devotee of Khorne for how much he loves to destroy his opponents. His first promo for NXT even had him declaring how he would fight anyone and everyone.
  • Bookends: Steen would start his eternal war with former best friend El Generico with a steel chair shot to the head at Final Battle 2009. At Final Battle 2010, Generico would send him packing from ROH with a similar chair shot to the head — the same steel chair from the year prior, still smeared with the blood of Generico.
  • The Brute
    • Of Mount Rushmore, basically there to keep challengers away from Adam Cole, who was very appreciative of the service.
    • Won "Best Brawler" from the Wrestling observer for three years in a row (2010, 11, 12)
  • Chekhov's Gun: Owens said in his intro promo that he'd fight anyone. Including, as it turned out, his best friend Sami.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder:
    • During his ROH days, Steen betrays El Generico after years of being friends. When he debuts in WWE as Kevin Owens, one of the first things he does is attack Sami Zayn (formerly El Generico), thus reigniting their feud.
    • After winning the Universal Championship, Owens forms an alliance with Chris Jericho and the two become close friends. A few months later, Owens eventually attacks Jericho in what was supposed to be a celebration of their friendship.
    • As mentioned under Dirty Coward, he would normally abandon his tag team partner whenever he is about to lose in a tag team match.
  • Combat Commentator: For Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and EVOLVE.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • His NXT debut vignettes made references to his indy history with Adrian Neville (formerly known as PAC), Daniel Bryan (formerly known as Bryan Danielson), Seth Rollins (formerly known as Tyler Black), and, of course, his friendship with Sami Zayn.
    • Sami Zayn himself references the many, many years of history he and Owens have, as a means of punching Owens’ personal Berserk Button.
    • On 2/13/17, the JeriKO bromance came to a violent end when KO did to Jericho what Jericho did to Shawn Michaels what Michaels did to Marty Jannetty: capped off a betrayal beating by sending him headfirst through a glass object.
  • The Cracker: Actually hacked the ROH message boards to play his videos.
  • Crowd Chant:
  • Crazy Consumption: Once devoured a paper fan during a PWG World Title defense against Brian Cage because "Ole"(which he associates with El Generico) was written on it.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He won the NXT Championship from Sami Zayn in a hugely one sided match with only brief bursts of offense from Zayn.
  • David vs. Goliath: The Goliath to LuFisto's David regarding the CZW Ironman Title. Her defeating him prevented Steen from using the belt as a bargaining chip to get an ROH contract.
    • He’s also shaping up to be Goliath to Sami Zayn's David in NXT.
  • Deadpan Snarker
    • He's usually not "deadpan" at all, but he does have his moments, such as when he imitated Nigel McGuinness' rebound lariat.
    • He once responded to "Show your tits" with the insinuation no one present had enough money.
  • Didn't See That Coming: It's safe to say that no one, not even Owens himself, expected Triple H to Pedigree his successor Seth Rollins, let alone literally hand-deliver the Universal Championship to Owens. It was such a shocking twist that Owens actually sat stunned in the ring corner for nearly half a minute before making the cover and the three count.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Made an unexpected appearance on Raw in May 2015, responding to an open challenge from John Cena, and then (after telling Cena where to shove the US Title) hitting Cena with a pop-up powerbomb and leaving him flat on his back in the ring. Two weeks later, he topped that by beating Cena clean as a whistle.
  • Dirty Coward: When it is clear that he is going to lose in a tag team match, he will normally abandons his partner and walks away.
  • Enemy Mine: What looked to be the beginning of a program with Samoa Joe in northern Championship wrestling instead became one with Franky The Mobster and Chase Ironside, with Joe helping Steen. A year later though, it would be Steen and Franky teaming up to get rid of Joe.
  • Establishing Character Moment: So, about a minute after succumbing to Manly Tears during his first official entrance on NXT, the bell rings for his debut match against CJ Parker. Parker starts "circling the ring" per the typical match opening sequence—SPLAT! He's crushed in the corner courtesy of a charging Kevin Owens.
    • For the people that weren't quite as aware of him on RAW, he made a guest appearance during the John Cena U.S. Title Open Challenge a couple weeks after Sami Zayn accepted the challenge. He immediately told Cena that he would only fight for the title on his own terms (which would later be revealed that it would be a PPV match at the Elimination Chamber), then attacked him mid-speech and pop-up powerbombed him. He followed that up by LITERALLY stomping on Cena's US Championship belt and taunting Cena with his own "You Can't See Me" gesture.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He claims to enjoy beating the hell out of people because it, at the end of the day, means he can put more food on his family's table. While this is probably only slightly more true for him than it was for Heisenberg toward the end, it is notable that while 2/3 of his respectably active Twitter account is him heeling it up in exchanges with fans and fellow WWE wrestlers, the last 1/3 still seems to be dedicated to pictures of his family...
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted. No, he really doesn’t. About the only thing we haven’t seen him do on NXT is attack someone backstage. And Kevin Owens being in the area when Hideo Itami came up injured in the parking lot before Takeover: Unstoppable is a strange coincidence...
    • He did at least once in PWG, when the World's Cutest Tag Team took on The Young Bucks for the PWG Tag Team Titles. Despite being allied with the Bucks, Steen (who was on commentary) said that even he felt that the Bucks kicking a barely-standing Candice LeRae in the head while wearing a shoe with thumbtacks glued to the sole was too much.
    • When Sasha Banks mocked and stole a headband from Bayley's biggest fan Izzy during Takeover: Respect, causing the poor girl to break into tears, Owens tweeted that he found the act disgusting. When Kevin Owens says you've disgusted him...
  • Evil Genius
    • Zayn described Owens as this before Takeover 4. As of Takeover 4, safe to say he is this. His Evil Plan worked to perfection.
    • Said Evil Plan: Beat the crap out of your debut opponent. Betray Sami Zayn violently after he wins the title the same night. Get him super pissed off at you so you can cut in line for an NXT title shot. Piss him off some more to throw him off his game. Take advantage of the first opening he gives you to shoot his momentum dead. Pound him into the canvas like your name is Brock Lesnar. NXT Champion: Kevin Owens. Profit!
  • Fat Bastard: The bringer of disaster. Disaster being the state of your promotion until he sees the look on your face as one of your title belts is strapped around his fat waist.
  • Faux Affably Evil: As Owens on NXT, he plays up how wrestling puts food on his family's table for all kinds of sympathy, but his actions are still those of a complete psychopath and Blood Knight, albeit toned down to account for content rating.
  • Finishing Move: The package piledriver first and foremost. Has also used the sharpshooter, a crossface, an alleyoop variant called the Steenalizer and "Deep Sea Diverticulitis". In WWE, he uses the pop-up powerbomb and on rare occasions the Argentine neckbreaker/Reverse TKO.
  • Five Moves of Doom: Notably, during his feud with John Cena, Owens actually took to stealing his entire iconic sequence of two flying shoulder blocks, sit-out belly-to-back bomb, Five Knuckle Shuffle, and Attitude Adjustment, even against wrestlers besides Cena himself. He rarely actually wins the match with it, though.
  • Foil/Shadow Archetype: As Kevin Owens, oddly enough, to Adrian Neville. Both feuded with Sami Zayn over the NXT title with the premise being that Zayn is the honorable guy where as Owens/Neville is willing to do whatever it takes to be champion. Difference is, Neville still has standards. He'll take shortcuts if they're presented to him, but he's a valiant competitor at heart, and he legitimately cares about his friends even if he has to screw them over to beat them from time to time. Owens, on the other hand, will mentally and physically dissect you, intentionally piss you off in order to make you give him shortcuts, then thank you for the opening by beating you into the ground until you can't resist his force anymore. And that's if you're his best friend.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: Invoked by Owens during the 6/22/2015 episode of RAW to mock Cena's superhero persona, and does it by issuing the challenge for the US title in Battleground while speaking in French.
  • For the Evulz: His rationale for powerbombing Machine Gun Kelly off the stage:
    "Because I felt like it. Grow up."
  • Fun with Acronyms: KO, regarding his NXT name. Lampshaded by one of his shirts. Becomes an ominous dose of Foreshadowing when he literally does exactly that to win the NXT tite.
  • Garbage Wrestler: As Steen, albeit tame by most standards (and in fact, wanted out of CZW), but he's notorious for pushing for more tables, ladders, chairs and piledrivers through them, against the "pure wrestling" grain ROH likes to put first and foremost.
  • Genre Savvy: Walking out of the way of Nigel McGuinness' rebounding lariat when they wrestled in 2008. He later dumps out Dean Ambrose when he tried to the same move.
  • Good Is Dumb: His argument against Jimmy Jacobs and Steve Corino's redemption quest.
    • Tends to be one of his arguments against John Cena as well.
  • Gratuitous French: "The F-Cinq".
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Heaven help you if you’re one of the people he thinks got in his way to the top, or beat him to an opportunity…
  • Happily Married: It's his motivation for turning on Zayn and attempting to become champion, or so he says (see Nothing Personal).
  • Heel–Face Turn: Upon being kicked out of SCUM after his world title loss to Jay Briscoe.
  • Hero Antagonist: His rebellion against CZW would probably be seen as heroic if it had been in any other promotion besides CZW, especially during the ROH feud where Chris Hero, Claudio Castagnoli, Necro Butcher, John Zandig, Super Dragon (and the rest) came off as a bunch of green eyed villain protagonists. Attempting to give them CZW's Ironman title belt was probably a step too far, but wasn't any worse than Hero's goal for the ROH World title.
  • He's Back: He didn't want to go through a "reform" angle, since the Bravado Brothers had already done that. So instead a "sympathy" was worked where Steen would gain fan support by running in at ROH shows trying to get his job back only to be done away with. Probably ended up working a little too well. Given S.C.U.M. were cheered till he left.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Kevin Steen and Rami Sebei (Zayn/Generico) in Real Life.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Found himself with no friends after being kicked out of SCUM and having to fight through everyone in the group by himself. At Best in the World 2013, June 22, 2013, he lost a No-DQ match to Matt Hardy which featured interference from Jimmy Jacobs, Rhett Titus and Cliff Compton.
    • After working Sami Zayn into a rage and claiming that he was only interested in the title, not a grudge match, in order to manipulate Zayn into giving him a title shot…two months later, Sami Zayn comes back, works Owens into a rage, and uses Owens’ own words in order to manipulate Owens into granting him a rematch. It’s not so fun being on the receiving end of your own tactics, is it Kevin?
  • Hypocrite: He's mocked Rusev for being fat.
  • I'll Kill You!: His reaction to seeing Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards wrestle and fight with everything they had at Final Battle 2011 and then respectfully shake hands after it was over, since that was a sign of the Code of Honor, which he thought was stupid at the time, being in anti ROH mode.
    • In NXT, this tends to be his reaction to anyone who wounds him or makes him look weak.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He's attacked Dean Ambrose with a laptop. Also hit AJ Styles with The List of Jericho at Survivor Series.
  • Irrational Hatred
    • He's had this for El Generico since they were partners in ROH, and it later extended to Jim Cornette. Really, does eating paper fans for having a single word associated with Generico and creating card-carrying evil factions for destroying entire wrestling companies over just him and Cornette sound like something a rational man would do?
    • Threatened to kill The American Wolves for what basically amounted to remaining friends despite going all out in their competition for the ROH World Title. At least, that's the most rational way to break down his rant.
  • Juxtaposed Halves Shot: He and El Generico in promotional posters for ROH Final Battle 2012.
  • Kayfabe: Is one of many who insist that Generico is not the same person as Zayn and actually is a Mexican luchador. He adds a particularly dark addition to this claim, though—that El Generico was found dead in a ditch in Mexico.
    • Even in shoot interviews, he and Sami Zayn are forever committed to downplaying their friendship whilst playing up their mutual contempt for one another. Before he debuted on NXT (and turned on Zayn), Steen once did an interview where he insisted he wasn't that close with Zayn, all the while wearing one of his shirts.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The conflict between Sami Zayn and Adrien Neville was intense, but still pretty light-hearted by wrestling's standards. Then along comes Kevin Owens who within two months of his debut betrays his best friend Sami Zayn, establishes himself as NXT's resident Magnificent Bastard by manipulating Zayn and Regal into giving him a title shot, and then becomes the new champion by savagely beating Sami Zayn into the ground in NXT's biggest Wham Episode yet.
    • He’s continued this trend as NXT Champion, first by beating Adrian Neville until he had to be carried from the ring on a stretcher, then by slamming Alex Riley against a steel fence repeatedly.
    • And just to add more fuel to the fire, he's one of the few people in the entire history of the WWE to go over John Cena cleanly.
  • Left Hanging:
    • Triple H betrayed and attacked Seth Rollins in order to let Kevin win the vacant Universal Title. Everyone, even Kevin, was shocked, confused, and wondering why Triple H sided with Kevin. This incident happened in August 2016, and there were absolutely no hints afterwards as to why this occurred. Furthermore, when Triple H reappeared in February of the next year, he only implied that he did so only to screw Rollins for failing to meet his expectations and made no mention of Owens, but that only makes the fact that he posed alongside Owens like Owens was his new protege look odd.
    • Will we ever find out who pied Kevin Owens in the face at the end of the 2016 4th of July party?
  • Legacy Character: JJ Pérez was already Mr. Wrestling #4 when Steen 'took' the title through association with Mr. Wrestling #3.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: He expressed his hatred of Adam Cole to his face but after failing to defeat him decided helping Cole in his PWG endeavors was better than sucking Cole's dick, as was forcing other people to do so in his place (expect The Young Bucks, they're good Christian boys).
  • Loser Leaves Town
    • Lost to El Generico, kicking him out of ROH. He came back about a year later.
    • Begged to be allowed to stay in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and not be shipped back to CZW after losing a similar match to Bryan Danielson (there were calls from the crowd to send him to Mexico instead)
  • Manipulative Bastard: On NXT, he’s shown himself to be very, very good at punching people’s buttons in ways that let him take brutal advantage of them. Sami Zayn, Alex Riley, even Adrian Neville…
  • Morality Pet: Sami Zayn…or so we thought. Again, he's totally done this before.
  • Meaningful Rename: His WWE surname "Owens" refers to his son, Owen—who was named in tribute to Owen Hart.
  • Merchandise-Driven: He turned on the PWG fans and all the wrestlers who get more cheers/sell more merchandise than himself with the justification he had arrived in the promotion with 100 shirts but only sold 60 when five hundred people were in attendance.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: His "match" with Sami Zayn. To the point where the referee actually had to stop the match and declare Owens the winner by default, just so Owens would stop powerbombing Zayn.
    • He’s getting a rep for these in NXT, to the point where it’s getting hard to find a title contender he hasn’t beaten the crap out of.
  • Not So Above It All: He's normally the Straight Man to Chris Jericho's deluded, ageing rock star and gets exasperated at Jericho's more eccentric moments - but since winning the Universal Championship he's frequently seen egging Jericho on in humiliating Tom Phillips or putting people on the List of Jericho...
  • Not So Similar: Was going to spare Eddie Kingston on his path to reshape the pro wrestling industry in his own image because he felt Kingston already was. Eddie was flattered until Kevin made it plain he planned to do away with ROH and set his sights on "bullshit Mickey Mouse promotion" Chikara afterwards.
  • Nothing Personal: Claimed that attacking Zayn wasn't personal at all—he simply wants the title because it means he'd get paid more, and he has a wife and two children to support. If Zayn's declaration that he should've seen it coming because Kevin's an Evil Genius is a Continuity Nod to his history as Steen, then this is a complete lie—he once intended to destroy ROH, a company responsible for feeding the livelihoods of many of its talents there, and turn it into a Wretched Hive uninhabitable for babyface wrestlers, all over his personal issues with Generico and Cornette. This was the entire reason Jay Briscoe hated him when he was part of SCUM.
  • Oh, Crap!: Alright, so Royal Rumble 2016 wasn't going KO's way. He just lost his rematch for the Intercontinental Title against Ambrose in a brutal Last Man Standing match. He could barely walk on the way to the ring for the actual Rumble match. But things were looking up, he eliminated fan favorite AJ Styles. Then Dean Ambrose came out. Strike two, but alright, he recovered. Then Sami Zayn came out. Cue complete Villainous Breakdown. Zayn eliminates him shortly afterwards.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Since taking the John Cena United States Open Challenge, Owens appears to make it his mission to stop ANYONE from winning the title off Cena. At the time of this edit, it's up to three instances. Owens has robbed Neville, Cesaro, and Rusev. The Rusev instance is even more ridiculous because Rusev, Cesaro and Owens had a Number 1 Contender Match for the right to take Cena up on the Open, and Owens abandoned said match halfway through. He returned to kick Rusev in the jaw, causing a DQ in the title defense. This is a man fond of taking his ball and going home. The ball being the right to strip Cena of the US gold.
  • Only Sane Man: Definitely this in his partnership with deluded egomaniac Chris Jericho. The Gift of Jericho particularly seems to irk him.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • Brought his then-six-month-old son Owen to a PWG show, only for Excalibur to call him ugly. He would make Excalibur pay with three package piledrivers, then have little Owen pin him for three.
    • Brought up in NXT often that he's doing all that he does for his family. It's unclear if this is a subversion or played straight yet. He did seem to show his first actual emotions after Sami said that Owens' kid likes him more then Kevin.
  • Pet the Dog: ROH Undeniable 2007—Kevin Steen declined an offer from the Hangmen 3 after they attacked El Generico. However…see Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.
  • Phrase Catcher: His opponents have been warned on occasion that "Kevin's gonna kill you!"
    • ____, Steen/Owens, ____!
      • Commonly filled in with "fight," "rest" (during rest holds), and, when the audience hates his opponent/he's being absolutely brutal in the ring, "kill."
  • Power Stable:
    • In PWG he had Mount Rushmore, also featuring Adam Cole and The Young Bucks.
    • In ROH he had SCUM (Suffering, Chaos, Ugliness & Mayhem), which was a Power Trio with Steve Corino and Jimmy Jacobs until Corino made it a 9-man stable bent on destroying ROH.
  • Real Song Theme Tune
    • ROH/PWG/CZW: "Tear Away" by Drowning Pool
    • PWG: "Now You're A Man" by DVDA
    • IWA Mid-South: Korn's cover of "Word Up"
    • International Wrestling Syndicate/C*4: "Better" by Guns N' Roses
  • Red Baron: Has had several. "Wrestling's Worst Nightmare", "Mr. Wrestling", "The Antichrist of Professional Wrestling" (yes, the same title Jeff Hardy and Vince Russo have been called before).
  • Reformed, but Rejected: He initially was on board with Jimmy Jacobs and Steve Corino's redemption quest, but ROH security forced him out of the building the day he was supposed to be let back in and that was the end of good Steen…till he dragged Jacobs and Corino down with him and they turned on him.
  • The Resenter
    • Owens is one to all the wrestlers mentioned under Continuity Nod, having said bitterly in a promo that despite knowing them for years and being just as good as them, all of them got brought into WWE before he did.
    • He's especially a resenter to Sami Zayn, saying that Zayn stole Owens' chance to arrive in NXT.
  • The Rival: The Briscoes first and foremost. The Americans Wolves or The Super Smash Brothers fall right behind them.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He tends walk out on matches and occasionally abandon his tag partners if he doesn't like the way the match is going.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: At ROH Unbreakable 2007, Steen told Adam Pearce he was the only one who would have fun smacking Generico around. Two years later…
  • Signature Move: Sidewinder suplex, Go Home Driver (Kryptonite Krunch), bottom turnbuckle cannonball, super kick, swan dive senton bomb, Enzuigiri, pump handle neck breaker (Steen breaker). In WWE, he lost over half of these for various reasons and added the package side powerbomb, the swinging superplex, and the frog splash.
  • Slasher Smile: How he copes with the sight of his own blood.
    • As of his run in NXT, this seems to be his general reaction at the sight of his opponents sprawled on the mat in front of him.
  • Smug Snake: On the main roster, where his tactical mind is downgraded to simple cowardice and his in-ring skill is reduced to him just being another mid-carder (Which in the WWE is more or less the same as a jobber these days). On NXT, he's a Magnificent Bastard.
  • The Sociopath: "Two months to the day, you walk out of NXT Rival as the NXT Champion, but leaving your former best friend being tended to by medical staff, what emotions are you feeling right now?" "I'm overjoyed," and if you're paying attention, that's the moment you know that this family man has a black soul.
    • The hilarious irony however, is that he's NOT. He tries to be one, he tries to act like an unfeeling business man, but the fact that he keeps trying to justify himself, the fact that he keeps trying to play the role of the family man, the fact that his voice catches and he can never maintain eye contact or give a straight answer when people call him out. It all breaks the façade. No matter how much he might want to be, he's not a Sociopath, he's a cowardly thug. But he hides behind these grandiose ideas, because he's too afraid to admit to himself what a lowly person he's become.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Owens contrasts with almost every heel in the entire WWE because of how calm he acts. No matter how cruel he may treat you in the ring or how much he hates you, he'll never get louder than maybe somewhat of an outdoor voice because of the nature of the game.
  • Sore Loser:
    • Almost every time he lost a match, even in matches he intentionally gets himself disqualified, he will take his anger out on the winner.
    • After his match with Adrian Neville ended in a double count out, Owens' response was to powerbomb Neville on the ring apron. And that was a draw!
    • Did the same thing to Cena after losing to him at Money in the Bank 2015
    • He seemed amenable to a handshake after losing the NXT championship to Finn Balor, only to just throw it back at his face and leave in a huff.
    • When Neville wins the 2015 Slammy Award for Breakout Star of the Year, Owens attacks him, even though it was supposed to be a fan vote.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: His ROH theme, "Unsettling Differences", didn't reflect his personality or motivations at all. A fan song for him called "Antichrist II" attempts to rectify this.
  • Spiteful Spit: Exchanged with El Generico before he was booted out of ROH. Later caused Momma's Boy Jay Lethal to turn heel by spitting on Lethal's mother.
  • Stout Strength: He's around 5'11 and has a noticeable gut. Doesn't stop him from being easily capable of delivering a Pop-Up Powerbomb to the 400 lbs Mark Henry.
  • Tag Team
    • Team IWS (International Wrestling Syndicate) first with El Generico (Devil's Night 2005), then with Sexxxy Eddy.
    • Appetite For Destruction with Super Dragon in PWG, where they won the tag team titles.
    • Nightmare Violence Connection with Akira Tozawa in PWG later.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: In an effort to get back into ROH, he joined the House of Truth in attacking Steve Corino, which lead to Jim Cornette swearing to make sure he never wrestled in ROH again. That in turn lead to Steen's "destroy ROH and eventually the entire industry" campaign with SCUM.
  • Token Good Teammate: Became this for the SCUM Army, as that development occurred after his change of heart regarding ROH once Cornette and Generico were in his rearview mirror. After he refused their help and lost the title because of it, that situation ended badly and he had to go against them and take them out.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Let's put it this way. In 2005, ROH fans were constantly complaining about Steen and claimed he didn't deserve a spot on the roster…look at him now.
  • Tournament Arc
    • C*4 Wrestling Crossing The Line II saw him reach the final of a five round tournament where he defeated Franky The Mobster, Stupefied and Player Uno to win the C*4 Heavyweight Title.
    • 2CW is Gorges was to see the advancement of four finalist to challenge him for the vacant heavyweight title the next month. However, Slyck Wagner Brown and Sean Carr both got counted out, leaving Steen to "only" have to defeat Isys Ephex, Jason Axe and J. Freddie for the belt in a four way.
    • In an upset, he and Colt Cabana lost in the finals of the New Horizon Pro Headshrinker Samu Legacy Tournament in Perth Australia.
    • Completely averted one of these through sheer manipulative genius in NXT. There had been an 8-man tournament on to determine Sami Zayn's next opponent, but Owens got under Zayn's skin so thoroughly that he essentially refused to fight any challengers until he could get his hands on Owens first. Owens responded by refusing to fight Zayn until GM William Regal made it a title match. Owens got his match and won. Convincingly.
  • Trash Talk: Has a penchant for this, such as when he asked AJ Styles mid-match at Survivor Series 2016 how he could see with all that stupid hair.
  • Troll: Seems to go out of his way to string the audience along and then piss them off — probably because of the below.
  • Villain Protagonist: He’s the nastiest heel that NXT has ever seen…but he’s so damn good at what he does, the whole crowd will end up chanting for him. And, of course, this was inevitable on the main roster with his first feud being John Cena.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Losing another Intercontinental Title match and then seeing his ultimate Arch-Enemy Sami Zayn coming down to the ring to kill him during the Rumble did not do good things to his sanity.
  • Villainous Friendship: The friendship between Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho.
  • Villains Want Mercy: At the end of his grudge match with El Generico at Final Battle 2010, where both men had beaten each other bloody and were barely able to move, Generico was about to finish Steen off with a chair shot to the head, with the same steel chair Steen had smashed him with one year prior, only to freeze when Steen held out Generico's original red-and-black mask that Steen had ripped off months before. Steen offers it to Generico, and pleads with him to forgive him, and/or at least spare him. Generico hesitates, stares at the mask for a few moments... then drops it to the canvas and smashes the chair across Steen's face, pinning him and forcing him to leave ROH.
  • We Used to Be Friends
    • On ROH he had this with Jacobs and Corino after being kicked out of SCUM.
    • On NXT he has this with all the guys listed under Continuity Nod.
    • In both cases he had this BIG TIME with El Generico/Sami Zayn.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Towards John Zandig and the rest of the CZW roster after they chased off the ROH wrestlers with a weed whacker before torturing BJ Whitmer. He called it the most disgusting thing he had ever seen.
  • Wham Episode:
    • His "debut" was this for NXT—not so much the squashing of CJ Parker, but the betrayal and destruction of Sami Zayn in the last minutes of NXT Takeover 3.
    • His debut on RAW could be seen as one of these—after all, it's not many people who get to mouth off to John Cena and get away with it...much less pulling off a one-shot-KO with a pop-up powerbomb.
    • The pay-per-view/network special matches that resulted from each of these were nothing to sneeze at either. He completely destroyed Sami Zayn to take his NXT title at Takeover 4, and months later carried said NXT title into the Elimination Chamber PPV and cleanly pinned John Cena.
    • The Houston Screwjob: Triple H betrays Seth Rollins to hand Kevin Owens the Universal Championship.
    • The Feb. 13, 2017 RAW was built around a "Festival of Friendship" party Chris Jericho threw for his best friend, Owens. It ended with Owens revealing a list of his own with Jericho's name on it, then beating him around the ring and throwing him through a TV screen, betraying yet another friendship.
  • Wham Line:
    "Generico, I just wanted to say…I hate your fucking guts."
  • Worked Shoot: Went on ROH's message boards and typed lots of flowery things about Pro Wrestling Guerilla while he was "banned" from ROH (Cary Silkin was paying Steen during his period of absence). This one probably didn't work as intended, as ROH discussions in general tended to be plagued by PWG fans for years to come.
  • Worthy Opponent: Michael Elgin. Besides initially going to The House Of Truth for help getting back into ROH, he went to Elgin when SCUM turned on him. He's maintained an amicable relationship even after Elgin tried to wash his hands of Steen following what he felt was an unsatisfactory performance on Steen's part.
  • You Have Failed Me & Outlived Your Usefulness: Got this treatment when Steve Corino kicked him out of SCUM after losing the ROH title.

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