Kevin Owens caused quite the stir on SmackDown last night, when he cut a promo already being compared to a little-known diatribe from a certain CM Punk several years ago.
After KO became embroiled in a backstage skirmish with Dolph Ziggler, the blue brand's Commissioner Shane McMahon announced that the pair's main event would be cancelled, sending home the former as punishment.
Furious, Owens marched to ringside, where he cut a withering tirade on the company, citing several of his similarly underserved colleagues:
"Cut the music: I got something to say. You know what, last week I came out here and I spoke the truth about Dolph Ziggler but it looks liem tonight someone else needs to hear the truth, and that's Shane McMahon. Now I've sat back and tried to be a good guy, a good company guy and not p*ss anyone off for too long, and I'm done with that because it doesn't get me anything.
"So you know what, a while ago I watched the entire McMahon family come out in this ring and say, "Hey, right now, from now on, we're gonna listen to the fans and give the audience what they want." But the only thing that's happened since then is Shane McMahon has gotten more power, more authority, and more TV time than anyone. And trust me when I say that nobody except him ever wanted this. Now we have to sit back every week on every show and listen to Shane McMahon call himself the best in the world, and everytime that happens, it hat makes me sick, makes me wanna come out here and smash my head on this stupid table."
At this point, having heard enough, Shane emerged and cut off Owen's mic. Unfortunately, he didn't bargain on there being other working equipment in the vicinity, and the enraged Canadian continued:
"This is the biggest load of crp I ever seen. [...] Everytime you call yourself the best in the world, that is an insult and a slap to the face to every single person in the back, in the locker room, who breaks their back, week in, week out, on the road, around the world, to be WWE superstars. [...] Everybody back there, including me, is thinking Shane McMahon can kiss my ass, because that ring does not belong to you."
As security stormed ringside to escort Owens out, he had one last round of verbal bullets, directly citing colleagues whose opportunities had been undermined by the TV-hogging Shane:
"I would never call myself the best in the world, but there're 100 people back there who can make that claim. You take up TV time from Apollo Crews, Buddy Murphy, Ali, Liv Morgan, Asuka, Kairi Sane..."
Just as he was about to be forcibly booted from the building, Owens said he was done, and stormed out still spitting feathers.
Benjamin was born in 1987, and is still not dead. He variously enjoys classical music, old-school adventure games (they're not dead), and walks on the beach (albeit short - asthma, you know).
He's currently trying to compile a comprehensive history of video game music, yet denies accusations that he purposefully targets niche audiences. He's often wrong about these things.