Kevin Owens makes his WWE main roster debut in a non-title singles match against John Cena at tonight's Elimination Chamber event at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas on the WWE Network.
John Cena: United States champion; Former Dr. of Thuganomics; Kind of a big deal; Boyfriend of Nikki Bella; Apple of Vince McMahon's eye; Might actually be The Terminator
Kevin Owens: NXT heavyweight champion; Killer; Dad of adorable child; Not afraid to wear pink mouse ears; Bastard who took Sami Zayn away from us; Might also be The Terminator
One evening during Monday Night Raw a few weeks back, Cena issued his usual open challenge for the United States championship and, to the shock and surprise of all in attendance and the millions watching at home, Owens walked out.
But he wasn't there to answer the challenge, just to send a message. That's exactly what he did, too, cutting one hell of a promo before putting Cena down for the count with a Pop-Up Powerbomb. Then, because he could, he stomped on the US title before hoisting the NXT strap in the air.
The very next week, he patiently waited for Cena to defeat Zack Ryder before rushing the ring and repeating the process. Yes, he once again stomped on the US title while holding the NXT belt in the air.
He's done interviews on SmackDown, and WWE.com, and in damn near every media outlet since then to promote what could be triumph number three.
What to expect
I have no idea.
That's a major part of the appeal of the match, really. Owens has been booked to look so very strong in the weeks leading up to the match, it's hard to imagine they would simply job him out. Then again, this is John freaking Cena we're talking about here. Then again, they clearly have big plans for NXT as a touring brand and it wouldn't be the greatest idea to beat the heavyweight champion of said brand in his main roster debut match to the holder of a secondary title, even if it is John freaking Cena. Then again, how can they couldn't possibly book Owens to so thoroughly dominate one the top babyface of the past 10 years. He's no Brock Lesnar.
Or is he?
See what I mean about not having any idea? This should be fun either way.
Make sure you follow along right here on Cageside Seats tonight alongside your favorite fellow fans while it all goes down!