What’s the story?
WWE Superstar Kevin Owens recently opened up to Chris Jericho about his unbelievable segment where he left Vince McMahon in a pool of his own blood - including what Vince said to him off-microphone seconds before Owens headbutted his boss.
In case you didn’t know...
Kevin Owens is currently sidelined with a back injury but spoke to Chris Jericho recently backstage at a live event alongside Sami Zayn for the Talk Is Jericho podcast.
Owens' injury is not a serious issue and he was seemingly pulled from live events and SmackDown Live as a precaution to ensure he is healthy for the Royal Rumble where he's scheduled to team with Sami Zayn to face AJ Styles in a handicap match.
The heart of the matter
Owens told Jericho that he was not worried about headbutting Vince. He went on to add that he wasn't really given the time to be nervous beforehand as it had almost all been arranged on the day of the SmackDown Live event.
However, the former WWE Universal Champion commented that it was "so different" being in the ring with Vince than in the office or backstage, and that being in the ring and hearing Vince's music hit was just like watching as a kid - calling it a "surreal experience".
The Prize Fighter went on to say that the biggest question he gets asked is what Vince said to him off the microphone in the seconds leading up to the headbutt.
"Vince talking so much s**t off mic, I was legitimately taken aback. So many swear words."
Owens added that he thinks Mr McMahon tried to shock him to make sure the headbutt he delivered was real and would bust Vince open.
(People ask) "Did he tell you to get him good? In a way, but not in those words."
Owens went on to say that the only person he's headbutted as hard as he did Vince was William Regal in NXT. He also added that it was a huge compliment to get to attack the boss as the only time it had been done in recent memory was when the boss took a Superman punch off the apron from Roman Reigns - obviously a bit less risky than taking a legitimate headbutt from the former United States Champion.
It's his company. If he wants to take a headbutt, he takes it. No one can accuse me of taking it easy on the boss.
Vince was reportedly not pleased with KO in the months before the match, notably seen on a WWE Network special covering a year in the life of Kevin Owens where Vince states he was not happy with Owens' WrestleMania match.
In the podcast Owens added that it wasn't just that match, but Mr McMahon was also unimpressed with Owens' performance and portrayal of his character, but he believes he did everything he could to change the situation and Vince rewarded him for it by taking the headbutt - but also obviously to hype up the match against Shane.
Well, we may not see him in action before then, but Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn face off against AJ Styles for the WWE title in a handicap match at the Royal Rumble on January 28, 2018.
Reports suggest that Owens may turn on Zayn after the bout - which would no doubt excite fans who can never get enough of the never-ending rivalry that always produces world-class matches.
Aside from being sidelined with an injury, it would appear that KO is in a great place in the company right now. He's in the title picture - albeit teaming with Sami Zayn and not on his own - and he is going up against possibly the best wrestler in the world right now in AJ Styles.
Not to mention still being mid-rivalry with Shane McMahon in a rivalry that sees the top two authority figures on SmackDown Live butting heads - although not quite in the same was as KO and Vince did.
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