Kevin Owens is the alpha male of WWE’s blue brand. He yells at the audience every Tuesday night, and tells them that they’re watching “The Kevin Owens Show.” He’s currently the longest reigning WWE Universal Champion in history, with 125+ days as champ. He’s climbed to the top of the WWE ladder in a relatively short time. In May 2015, he exploded onto the WWE scene, steamrolling through pro wrestling icon John Cena. Since then he’s captured two Intercontinental Championships and has literally became the champion of the universe. Owens has had a stellar career and is already a serious candidate for the hall of fame someday.
Kevin Owens’ Net Worth as of 2017: $10 Million
Owens net worth rolls in at a very nice $10 million. This is a lot of money considering he’s only been signed with the professional wrestling giant (WWE) for a little over two years. He quickly ripped through their developmental territory NXT and later made a name for himself as one of the top guys on the main roster. He may not have nearly as much money as John Cena, but Owens has only been in the big leagues for a little while (he’s still a fresh face on the roster). However, Owens has more than double the amount than his rival Seth Rollins has, yet Rollins has been in WWE way longer than Owens. Kevin’s star just keeps rising and his bankbook continues to swell.
Kevin wrestled his first match on his 16th birthday in the city of L’Assomption, Quebec, not far from where he grew up. Only four years later, Kevin was getting involved with hardcore wrestling over at CZW, where he won the CZW Iron Man Championship. In 2005, he moved onto Pro Wrestling Guerilla, where he won their top championship by dethroning current WWE World Champion AJ Styles. In this promotion, he met El Generico (known in the WWE as Sami Zayn). Generico and Owens would be great tag team partners and even better rivals in the ring.
Owens became an indie wrestling darling, capturing the ROH World Championship and having superb matches with The Young Bucks, Eddie Edwards, El Generico and Tyler Black (now Seth Rollins). During this time, Owens was known as “Kevin Steen.” Fans would chant “Kill, Steen, Kill” when he entered the ring or while he annihilated his opponent. However, he would stop promoting the catchphrase “Kill, Steen, Kill” on t-shirts and at events because of the 2012 Sandy Hook tragedy. You gotta respect the man for that.
Did you enjoy Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn on WWE television? Here’s a full look at the epic feud they had years before they stepped into a WWE ring:
On August 12, 2014, Steen signed onto WWE. He changed his name to Kevin Owens in honor of his son Owen and his favorite wrestler: the late, great Owen Hart. He made his debut at NXT TakeOver: R Evolution, defeating CJ Parker, and then re-appearing after the main event match to power-bomb his “frenemy” Sami Zayn on the ring apron. You can check out the lead-up to that sick bump in the video below. This is where Owens turns full-blown evil:
Kevin’s rise to the top happened very rapidly. Owens captured the NXT Championship only two months after making his NXT in-ring debut. At NXT TakeOver: Rival in February 2015, he took out Zayn for NXT’s top prize. But Owens’ charisma and physicality couldn’t be contained to WWE’s farm league, as he soon made his debut on the main roster, laying out John Cena. Here’s a look at Owens’ epic debut, as he takes out a true living legend in the industry. Owens squashed Cena almost immediately:
Kevin would crush John Cena at that year’s Elimination Champion event, earning Owens his first victory on the main roster. This immediately made Kevin a monster heel and an anti-hero in the eyes of the WWE fans. However, Owens would come up short against Cena on their next two battles, but Kevin was still on the rise. He defeated Cesaro at SummerSlam 2015. He then captured the Intercontinental Championship at Night of Champions by defeating then-champion Ryback. Owens would then enter into a feud with Dean Ambrose, in which Ambrose was mostly victorious. He lost his IC strap to Ambrose at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chaird 2015. However, Owens would end this feud on top, taking back his Intercontinental Championship from the “Lunatic Fringe” in a five-man match on a February episode of Monday Night Raw:
2016 has been one hell of a year for Kevin Owens (to say the least). He recaptured the IC Championship back in February. He continued his feud with Sami Zayn and had epic matches at WWE Extreme Rules and WWE Battleground. Owens has also sparked a legendary friendship with the “Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla” himself: “Y2J” Chris Jericho. The duo of Owens and Jericho has provided the fans of Monday Night Raw with much needed comedy and drama.
Owens would reach a career high in 2016, when he captured the WWE Universal Championship on the August 29th edition of Raw. He may have had “a tiny bit of help” from Triple H in winning the big red belt, but he has since solidified himself as a beast in the main event scene. As Universal Champion, Owens has put down Seth Rollins on numerous occasions. He also retained his gold against Roman Reigns at Raw’s most recent pay per view: WWE Roadblock: End of the Line. But behind each major victory was Chris Jericho meddling in the match and affecting the outcome. That’s why Y2J will be suspended above the ring in a shark tank, when Reigns challenges Owens for the title at the upcoming Royal Rumble event.
Kevin has proven himself, time and time again, showing the world that he’s a force to be reckon with in-between those ropes. He ended 2016 on top, and 2017 shouldn’t be any different. Owens is truly the man. Both hardcore and casual pro wrestling fans will tell you that Owens is the sh*t and that he is a legend in the making. Owens has certainly earned every penny of that $10 million fortune. He has only been in the WWE for a couple years, and he has already captured one of their most prestigious titles. The sky is the limit for this 32-year-old superstar. I’ll end this article with a look at Owens’ greatest achievement to date, as he captures the WWE Universal Championship: