Over the last 2 ½ years, Kevin Owens has become one of WWE’s most vital performers.
Actually, he achieved this distinction a lot sooner than that, possessing an ability to have you cheering for him one minute and detesting him the next, whilst showcasing moves and charisma which allow him to capture your attention instantly. In that time, Owens has put on plenty of great matches, delivered memorable promos ranging from chillingly serious to truly hilarious, and entered into some of the most memorable feuds of the last few years.
“Fight Owens Fight – The Kevin Owens Story” covers all of this and more, with a documentary portion (which lasts one hour almost to the exact second) discussing Owens’ highs and lows on the independent circuit (most notably his stint in Ring of Honor and his friendship with Sami Zayn, which turned into a blistering in-ring feud in ROH when Kevin Steen declared war on El Generico) before moving onto his successful WWE career. Along with the main feature are several bonus segments which are well worth watching, and a bunch of matches from 2014 to 2017.
So, Mark D just covered the documentary in a separate in-depth review — it’s now time to put the spotlight on the additional 15 matches that make up the “Fight Owens Fight” DVD and Blu-ray.
NXT Takeover: R-Evolution – December 11, 2014
Kevin Owens vs. CJ Parker
Kicking things off is Kevin’s NXT debut against CJ Parker (remember him?). It’s a perfect showcase of Owens for a debut match, and he performs brilliantly while playing a babyface (something which Owens hasn’t done since in WWE). Arguably the most memorable moment comes from Parker’s brief flurry of offence, where he accidentally breaks Owens’ nose with a stiff palm strike. Still, the focus is all on KO, and his debut couldn’t have gone much better (broken nose aside).
NXT Takeover: Rival – February 11, 2015
NXT Championship Match
Sami Zayn (C) vs. Kevin Owens
Owens would turn on best friend Sami Zayn minutes after he captured the NXT title that same night in a superb angle, which led to their encounter here for the same championship. It starts slow and builds up nicely to its dramatic ending, which emphasizes Sami’s never-say-die spirit while casting Owens as a true villain and a callous, dangerous competitor.
WWE Elimination Chamber 2015 – May 31, 2015
John Cena vs. Kevin Owens
Following two promo segments where Owens confronts Zayn and Cena respectively, it’s onto the first Owens-Cena battle from Elimination Chamber. I personally thought that their Money in the Bank outing was the best of their rivalry, but this is still an exceptional clash, and with the shocking result (Owens pinning Cena in his main roster debut, and pinning him clean too), this more than warrants an inclusion on this collection.
WWE Night Of Champions 2015 – September 20, 2015
Intercontinental Championship Match
Ryback (C) vs. Kevin Owens
This is a basic match which serves its purpose of providing the platform for Owens to capture his first title since joining the main roster. It isn’t bad, but it’s a definite step down from Owens’ battle with Cena (though it’s still superior to their subsequent clash at Hell in a Cell).
WWE Royal Rumble 2016 – January 29, 2016
Intercontinental Championship Last Man Standing Match
Dean Ambrose (C) vs. Kevin Owens
This Last Man Standing match follows the same formula as most LMS matches in WWE, with big weapon spots and dramatic false finishes (I can’t say near-falls since it’s an LMS bout). The main thing which makes this one stand out is the topnotch action, which brings this underrated feud to a great finale. It also helps that the Orlando crowd are well into this from beginning to end.
WWE Main Event – April 12, 2016
Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler
Next up is a match which was televised, but which only a certain percentage of fans may have seen since it took place on Main Event (hey, RAW, SmackDown and NXT alone take up six hours of one’s life per week). This is a fun match between two fairly familiar foes, and a reminder that Dolph can still shine despite his chances of achieving true main event status in WWE having long evaporated (not that he’s to blame, mind you).
WWE – April 22, 2016
Kevin Owens & Triple H vs. Sami Zayn & Dean Ambrose
One of the best aspects about DVDs such as this is the inclusion of some matches which would otherwise not be seen. This next match is a good example, as Triple H and Kevin Owens form a rare tag team against Sami Zayn and Dean Ambrose. Apparently, HHH replaced The Undertaker on this European tour (Taker would obviously have not teamed with heel KO), for reasons which were never truly explained.
WWE Battleground – July 24, 2016
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
It’s probably redundant at this point to suggest that Owens and Zayn would put on a thrilling match, since they always do when allotted more than a couple of minutes. However, this is still a terrific battle, and the best match between the two in a WWE ring. Though this didn’t truly end their rivalry as the hype suggested, it’s still one of the top encounters of last year.
RAW – August 29, 2016
Universal Championship Fatal Four Way Elimination Match
Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens vs. Big Cass
The best RAW main event of 2016, this four-way clash (which was given plenty of time) was already shaping up to be a great one even before the hugely shocking ending which saw the totally unexpected return of Triple H to not only deny Roman Reigns the title (hey, did Roman ever seek retribution for that?), but to also turn on longtime protégé Seth Rollins. Thus comes Owens’ crowning moment to date so far in WWE.
WWE Hell in a Cell 2016 – October 30, 2016
Universal Championship Hell In A Cell Match
Kevin Owens (C) vs. Seth Rollins
Though the matches between Owens and Rollins didn’t blow anybody away (partly because each one ended with interference), they were still well worth watching. The best of the bunch is here as the two meet inside Hell In A Cell, which includes a couple of truly hair-raising spots.
WWE WrestleMania 33 – April 2, 2017
United States Championship Match
Chris Jericho (C) vs. Kevin Owens
Besides a brief acknowledgement of the team in passing during the documentary, JeriKO are not shown on this DVD in any way whatsoever! However, we do get their WrestleMania 33 showdown which culminated the long-running “best friends” storyline. It’s another enjoyable match and a neat way to round off the collection, though it’s a shade below other bouts featured here.
Blu-ray Exclusive Matches
NXT – February 18, 2015
NXT Championship Match
Kevin Owens (C) vs. Adrian Neville
A forgotten gem from NXT, this is a reminder that there was more to KO’s NXT stint than his feuds with Sami Zayn and Finn Bálor. It’s also one of Neville’s final matches on NXT before joining the main roster.
Payback – May 1, 2016
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
This is another superb battle between the longtime friends-turned-rivals. Although their Battleground clash would be even better this is still an awesome match, and the best bout of what was a strong PPV event.
RAW – September 12, 2016
Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns
This match inclusion is slightly strange considering that their Royal Rumble showdown would be the best of their eventual feud. But it’s still a watchable affair, and being previously unreleased adds to its appeal.
RAW – November 21, 2016
Universal Championship No Disqualification Match
Kevin Owens (C) vs. Seth Rollins
Some people considered the Owens vs. Rollins feud to be a failure, but I disagree because their matches were never less than adequate. This No DQ match definitely has its moments to shine, as well as a hot Toronto crowd to further boost the excitement levels.
This is a great set for any Kevin Owens fan. The documentary is one of the best that WWE has put out in recent times. The bonus segments are very in-depth and end up almost doubling the running time of the main feature. And the selection of matches is sufficient, with several great encounters highlighting KO’s most pivotal moments since joining WWE in late 2014.
Some may have been disappointed that there aren’t any complete matches from Kevin’s days on the indies – that is a shame, but only to be expected at this point (and who knows, perhaps one or two may end up on a future KO DVD). The most promising thing about watching this DVD is that Owens will likely be a part of WWE for many years from now, suggesting that the best may still be yet to come from the Prizefighter. Whether you’ve followed Kevin’s career since his days in ROH and PWG, or if you’ve just become a fan of his over the last few years, you’ll love “Fight Owens Fight”.
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