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Kevin Owens Says He's Not Trying to be a Heel

Posted By James Walsh on 10/10/17

Kevin Owens recently spoke with the In This Corner podcast for CBS before the Hell in a cell PPV (transcript credit wrestlinginc.com). Here are some highlights..

On Not Trying to Be a Heel: ďPeople throw these words around so much: Heel, babyfaces, shoot, kayfabe, work; all this crap that they hear wrestlers say, but I can honestly, genuinely say that I am not trying to be a heel. I donít know if that makes me a good performer or a bad performer, because I am sure many veterans of the industry will have their opinion, but I try to give the best performance that I can, and try to achieve the goal that is required of me, which often leads to people hating my guts or loving what I do. I always strive to receive the loudest reaction that I can; whether that is being booed out of the building or being cheered. One-hundred percent of what I do isnít to achieve one time of reaction, I just want them to be loud and get an emotion out of them, which is what I strive for. People ask me how I am such a good heel, but I donít know; I just try to be me and go and do what I need to do to get the job done on any show that I am on and achieve the work that is set up in front of me. If people enjoy my work then that is great, but I donít set out a goal in getting a reaction, but just try to do what I can.Ē

On His Relationship With Sami Zayn: ďSometimes you have chemistry with people that is undeniable, and it just works, and sometimes you have matches with someone you think you are going to have good chemistry with, and it just doesnít turn out that way. Sami and I have known each other for well over 15 years, so being here is the latter stage for us. Weíve been friends, weíve been enemies, and have been at each otherís throats, and have been at each otherís side, we have done it all. We have been in every match possible. Weíve put each other through a lot, but also have been there for each other, so I think that translates to good chemistry at times. I would say that we are more like brothers than we are friends because we donít choose our relatives, or who your brother and sister are; you donít choose your family. You are born into your family, and in this case we werenít born into each otherís family, but from the start of our careers when we started wrestling, on the Independent scene in the United States, or even back home in Canada, once we started to get our names out there and become more recognized, people just started booking us together all the time, which wasnít our choice, they just paired up the Ďguy in the maskí and Kevin Steen together and it just snowballed from there into where we are now.Ē

On Sami Zaynís Position on the WWE Roster: ďI donít think anybody deserves anything than what they already have because I believe everyone gets what they deserve. Iím not saying Sami doesnít deserve a bigger role; Iím saying Sami will get a bigger role eventually. I think everyone deserves a bigger role, but I donít think that is being taken away from them on purpose, and I believe everyone will get what they will get, which is what I believe. Some will tend to disagree with me on that, but that is okay, Iím not one to worry about popularity with my co-workers, Iím just who I am and thatís just how it is. Sami will get his on his time; you will eventually get to where you belong if you believe you deserve to be there"