Following on from the earlier report of a possible injury to Kevin Owens, the Wrestling Observer has now moved to confirm that Owens did indeed suffer what's believed to be a sprained MCL over the weekend. The hope is that this injury is 'just' a sprain, although there is a chance that this could be something more serious.
As initially noted by various fans in attendance for last night's Madison, Wisconsin house show, the Observer likewise stated that Owens appeared to blow out his right knee upon landing on it. The original story follows.
While it's yet to be confirmed by WWE or the star himself, there's a fear that Kevin Owens suffered an injury during a WWE live event last night.
In attendance for Sunday's WWE house show from Madison, Wisconsin's Alliant Energy Center, @MattBlaustein noted that Owens appeared to suffer a knee injury during a match against Austin Theory.
KO is said to have jammed his knee after he "dropped" from a turnbuckle, then hit the mat while holding his right knee and talking to the referee. The match was then quickly wrapped up, with the Canadian helped to the back by the official. What is encouraging about this report, is that Owens was still able to hit his patented Stunner on Theory to win the contest.
Just came from a live event in #WWEMadison, Kevin Owens planted his right knee and seems to have hurt it. Had to be helped out post-match by ref, match wrapped up quick. Might be legit, might not. Still sad. #KevinOwens #WWE #WWERaw @Cultaholic @partsFUNknown— Matt Blaustein (@MattBlaustein) November 14, 2022
As the person who broke the Kevin Owens news, felt I should give a bit more information as to what happened at #WWEMadison:Advertisement
• dropped from a turnbuckle and jammed his knee• pounded the mat while clutching it and talking to a ref• WAS able to get to his feet and hit stunner— Matt Blaustein (@MattBlaustein) November 14, 2022
Until any further details emerge, it remains to be seen just how serious this injury is. Of course, it could also be that Owens was merely selling a knee issue as part of the match. While fans will hope that this was indeed a case of great selling from the Prizefighter, it would obviously be a major blow if this is any sort of significant knee problem.
Prior Creative Plans For Kevin Owens
While Kevin Owens has been absent from any sort of WWE programming for nearly a month now, recent reports suggest that the surge in popularity of Sami Zayn has a major part to play in that.
The initial plan was for KO to help Zayn do battle with the Bloodline once that group turns on their Honorary Uce. Given how great a job Sami is doing with Roman Reigns' faction right now, all plans for Owens have been put on hold. Still, many were expecting the 38-year-old to be back on our screens imminently as a natural fit to face the Bloodline at Survivor Series: WarGames later this month.
If Owens is indeed injured, that clearly puts a spanner in the works for WarGames, not to mention plentiful speculation that an Owens and Zayn tandem could finally be the team to take the WWE Tag Team Championships from the Usos at some point down the line - with that match seeming like a great fit for WrestleMania 39.
As alluded to, the most recent Kevin Owens appearance came on the 18 October episode of NXT, where he helped hype up the impending main event of Halloween Havoc. Prior to that, his last televised match saw the one-time Universal Champion team with Johnny Gargano and Drew McIntyre to defeat Austin Theory and Alpha Academy on the 30 September outing for SmackDown. Despite his minimal TV presence, Owens has remained relatively active at WWE house shows throughout this time - hence why he was in action in Madison last night.