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3 Reasons why Kevin Owens replaced Kofi Kingston at Fastlane

Avik Das
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Kofi Kingston and Kevin Owens
Kofi Kingston and Kevin Owens

The Monday Night Raw had some unforeseen surprises this week as Batista and Roman Reigns returned to Vince McMahon's billion dollar company. The trend followed on SmackDown Live in the following night when Matt Hardy and Kevin Owens made their long-awaited returns. It has been a fabulous week for WWE, and the storylines are developing gradually for the Grandest Stage of Them All.

Fastlane is the upcoming pay-per-view of WWE which is scheduled to be held in Cleveland. It is the final PPV before WrestleMania 35. Kingston was scheduled to face the WWE champion Daniel Bryan at Fastlane, and two superstars were set to have an official contract signing this week. However, Vince McMahon stunned the WWE Universe when he announced Kevin Owens as the replacement of Kofi Kingston.

There is no denying that the decision disappointed many fans as Kingston is a current fan favourite. But Owens is an elite superstar who has attained plenty of success in his career. Owens won the Intercontinental title twice, US title thrice and the Universal title once but he never managed to grab the WWE title. Hence, Owens will be aiming to grab the WWE title at Fastlane.

Here we discuss three possible reasons why the former Universal champion replaced Kofi Kingston at Fastlane.


#3 A fresh feud and a new contender for the WWE World title


Owens vs Bryan
Owens vs Bryan

Daniel Bryan overpowered five other Superstars of the blue brand at Elimination Chamber. The current WWE champion faced Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Jeff Hardy and Kofi Kingston at Toyota Center. Previously, he also defended the title against AJ Styles at TLC and Elimination Chamber. Hence a fresh challenger will be captivating for the WWE Universe.

Though Kingston replaced Mustafa Ali before Elimination Chamber, the two men had an intense battle inside the Elimination Chamber. Moreover, they also locked horns in tag team match on SmackDown Live. WWE could be looking for a new opponent of Bryan and Owens is undoubtedly a great choice.

Owens and Bryan never had a one-on-one bout, and they can steal the show at Fastlane. There is no denying that the feud could become prodigious as both superstars are proficient on the mic and inside the ring. 

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