#4. WrestleMania XI Changed His Life
Kevin Owens struggled to find a passion early on and wasn't sure what he'd pursue in life. All of that changed when his father brought home a VHS version of WrestleMania XI.
Owens told Lilian Garcia,
"Up until I was 11 years old I really had nothing....I played all these sports, but nothing really clicked for me."
While in the 4th grade, Owens was asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, but his lackluster response only frustrated his instructors. That all changed when he saw WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels,
"That was it. I didn't really want to watch it with him at first. I remember that, but then I was walking in the kitchen as he put it on and I could see into the living room, the TV and it just grabbed me. I sat down with him and about two hours in I said, 'That's what I want to do for a living.'"
It was HBK, who captivated Owens' impressionable imagination,
"At the time, I was 11 years old and I was scrawny. People used to think I was 7 or 8 even though I was 11, so when Shawn Michaels, the smallest guy on the show came out and ended up, by far, being the best wrestler on the show, I was like, 'If he can do it, then I can too.' From that moment on, I told my parents right then and there that that's what I wanted to do."
Owens found himself captivated and consumed with professional wrestling. His parents didn't discourage the youngster. Instead they helped cultivate Owens' newfound interest and he began training professionally at the age of 16.Published 02 Jul 2019, 00:31 IST