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WWE News: Identity and background of Kevin Owens' opponent at Smackdown LIVE unveiled

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News 21 Apr 2017, 12:25 IST
Locker wrestled under the name “Gary Gandy” against Owens as a part of the Face of America challenge

What’s the story?

A wrestler named Gary Gandy wrestled against Kevin Owens as a part of KO’s new Face of America challenge. The wrestler lost in a fairly quick match after Owens hit him with his finisher, the Popup Powerbomb. 

In case you didn’t know.....

On the latest episode of SmackDown LIVE Kevin Owens issued an open challenge that he calls the “Face of America” challenge.

This is similar to John Cena’s weekly open challenge that he had issued during his reign as the US Champ. The local that was brought in to face Owens was a wrestler who went by the name Gary Gandy. Here’s the video of the match he had with Kevin Owens: 

The heart of the matter

Gary Gandy wrestles as Eric Locker in the indie promotion Ohio Valley Wrestling, where he is a two-time tag team champion. Apparently, he was brought in to work both Raw and Smackdown shows for the week.

His real name is Eric Hastings. He is 6’3 and weighs 230 lb. He is billed from Seattle, Washington and has been wrestling since 2014. He resides in Louisville, Kentucky where the latest episode of SmackDown took place.

What’s next?

Eric Locker was brought in just to wrestle this week’s RAW and Smackdown LIVE shows and hence isn’t expected to be seen on WWE TV.

Author’s take

Eric Locker/Gary Gandy might have a chance with the WWE in the future since the man fits the infamous “mould” that Vince McMahon believes in. He might get a call from the company again if it has an event in the state of Kentucky.

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