Wednesday Wrestling Review: Fight Owens Fight – The Kevin Owens Story
Kevin Owens has one of the fastest selling WWE DVDs/Blu Rays in quite some time and for good reason.
Fight Owens Fight - The Kevin Owens Story was released on July 4, 2017. In what was a little surprise, both the Blu Ray and DVD editions on Amazon were backordered immediately. Best Buy in Sioux Falls had two left and you bet that I picked one up. I'm sure WWE will be pushing more of them out across the country soon.
For me, this was an immediate purchase. Kevin Owens [Steen] has been one of my favorite wrestlers for about a decade. His work on the independents speaks for itself and the man always deserved to get to the WWE.
But it wasn't just that simple.
The 50-minute documentary takes a look at his road to the WWE. Everything is covered from his training with Jacques Rougeau in Montreal, his opportunity to get exposure in the U.S. through CZW, and his run with Ring of Honor. His road was never one with the smoothest of paths, and his fellow friends and wrestlers never believed that he would make it to WWE.
His relationship with Sami Zayn (who does admit that he was El Generico...so I guess we can put the whole kayfabe helping orphans in Mexico story behind us) is also detailed out. They talk a bit about the development of the year-long program in ROH between 2009-2010 (seriously if you haven't seen it you need to). The documentary also includes a story in which Zayn signed his WWE contract in front of Owens. For Zayn, it was a show of accomplishment that they both could celebrate. For Owens, it was the opposite that he wasn't what the WWE was looking for.
He might have lacked the certain "build" that the WWE looks for, but nobody was ever able to deny his in-ring ability and his ability to cut promos. He is a natural when it comes to connecting with a crowd and that has pushed him to where he is today.
One of the best parts of the story is the area that details how he got into NXT/WWE. I really don't want to spoil anything, but it's an amazing story of getting noticed and making it a point to William Regal that he had to get a tryout. When he signed with WWE, he was told that he would be on NXT and to not get his "hopes up" about going to the main roster.
Again, he proved them wrong like he always does. It's truly an inspiring story of someone being told they'll never make it over and over and silencing doubters time after time.
That moment last August when Owens became the Universal Champion was one that I won't forget. Seeing the backstage reaction of all his friends, family, and even the office (including Vince himself) was one of the coolest things that WWE has documented on video.
As a longtime fan of Owens, this was a special documentary to watch. I've seen him wrestle in front of 400 people in Minneapolis, and then watched him live in front of 100,000 people at Wrestlemania 32 in Dallas. He's one of the nicest people that I've ever met.
This is an easy documentary for me to recommend. This story would even appeal to non-wrestling fans with how relatable it is.
If you can get your hands on one pick up a copy. The Blu Ray features an extra hour worth of stories and the match selection is also great. But, even with a slight bias, this is among one of the best DVDs/Blu Rays that the WWE has ever released.
Rating: Must Buy