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Kevin Owens wins Championship at WWE NXT TakeOver: Rival in historic fashion

He promised.  And in only two months, he became NXT Champion.

Kevin Owens manipulated his way into a title match, working both long-time friend and champion Sami Zayn and NXT General Manager William Regal into giving him a shot so quickly after he debuted on Dec. 11th's Takeover: R Evolution show.

Once he got there, he revealed another level of his character, picking Zayn to pieces and, when he wasn't able to put his plucky fellow Canadian away, hitting him with his Pop-Up Powerbomb finisher until he couldn't respond to officials.

In the end, the referee was forced to call for the bell and award the title to the husband and father of two by Technical Knock-out, a decision rarely rendered in pro wrestling.

It was a long climb to the top for a man that many said would never even be signed by WWE due to his style and physique.  Now he's at the top of their hottest brand, and in record time.

Click here for a live blog of the full night of action from Florida, here for a discussion of the night by two admitted NXT marks, and keep your eyes out for our Reactions and more fallout!

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