Above is the RAW recap from the “Off The Top Rope” segment on ESPN SportsCenter with Jonathan Coachman.
In the videos that follow, Coach is joined by former WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens. Coach says fans have been asking for Owens to be on the show for a while. Coach asked about being part of the “new breed” from WWE NXT but mentions Owens starting in the business so young. Owens says he had his first match on his 16th birthday. Owens says he watching WrestleMania 11 was when he decided he wanted to dive head-first into professional wrestling. He called it a pretty crazy ride. In regards to going from NXT to the main roster, Owens says NXT was an amazing experience on its own and it really did prepare him for the main roster. Owens says he feels like he belongs at the top, regardless of how much time he spent in NXT.
Coach asks about the Intercontinental Title Ladder Match at WrestleMania 32. Owens says he imagined the WrestleMania moment thousands of times in his career but he wasn’t prepared for the feeling. He says it made for an incredible night but he’s looking forward to topping it over the next few years. Coach asked how Owens has been so innovative in the ring with his size. Owens says he was 150 pounds when he first started training and it was Shawn Michaels who made him want to become a WWE Superstar. He admits he packed on some weight over the years but he never stopped doing the same moves and it’s worked out because now he’s 266 pounds and still able to do moves guys his size usually can’t do.
Coach asked about Twitter trolls and says Owens is now a social media icon. Owens says it all started back when he joined Twitter back in 2011. Owens says he’s not going to sit and take people’s crap, and he even gets a little kick out of getting into it with fans. He says he tries to be respectful as he can but but if you come at him and your tweet catches his eye, there’s a good chance he will come at you and win because he’s pretty witty.
Owens also talks about his RAW debut and if he felt pressure, the GoFundMe to benefit the Fort McMurray fire victims and more.
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