Recently, the WWE roster wrapped up a two-week tour of Europe. One of the stars on the tour is United States Champion Kevin Owens. Owens is known for his “heel” persona. He often yells at and antagonizes fans. This is the role he is supposed to be playing. If people are booing and angry at him, it means he is doing his job.
However, some fans think Owens crossed the line while walking down the ramp to a match this past week.
Watch how KO reacts when a fan reaches out for an autograph.
Why KO Was Right
While a lot of people are angry about this, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- He’s a bad guy. His job is to antagonize fans and get them cheering the fan favorite. If fans are booing and hating him, then it is part of the act.
- He was walking to the ring for a match, that is not the time to ask for an autograph. WWE makes sure their Superstars are available to fans in order to get autographs and personal photos.
Why Kevin Owens Was Wrong
He overreacted and didn’t need to throw the autograph booklet on the ground away from the fan. Even if he is just playing the bad guy, many people think Kevin Owens went too far.
It is unlikely he is going to be in trouble as this was video shot and sent out on WWE social media. Fans have been voicing their frustration at Owens over his actions:
WWE Universe pay for Kevin Owens salary if he doesn't want to give his autograph out he should quit the WWE he's a spoiled brat https://t.co/mduoJlnEaW
— POTUS Trump Jerry (@NASCAR4280) May 13, 2017
Some fans embraced it though and loved the Owens bad-guy persona
I just watched Kevin Owens write an autograph for a fan and throw it away and now I suddenly feel a lot better!
— Kyle| 47 🤑 (@BlissfulMella) May 12, 2017
— John Armstrong (@rh1210) May 7, 2017
In an era when “kayfabe” is dead and the lines of reality and wrestling are constantly blurred, it is refreshing to see a genuine “bad guy” in wrestling. Kevin Owens only plays this character while he’s performing. At autograph signings, he’s a great guy who loves to interact with fans. And if he’s at a show and walking to the ring, don’t be shocked if he plays his character.
But my advice to fans wanting autographs is this: don’t be a jerk. If you see him at the airport or out with his wife and children, leave him be. Just because he’s a celebrity doesn’t mean you have the right to bug him when he’s off the clock. You wouldn’t want someone bugging you about your job when you’re out trying to enjoy life, right?
What do you think? Did Kevin Owens go too far or is he just playing the bad guy role well? Share your thoughts.