Kevin Owens’ week started with Braun Strowman flipping over his car in Southern California. Then he flew across the continent to see Shania Twain in concert at Montreal’s Bell Centre. There, his weeks long crusade to get the country music superstar and fellow Canadian to play his favorite song during her concert ended in disappointment, too.
It wasn’t all bad. Owens’ “I love you Shania” sign (and possibly a full court press from WWE public relations and marketing) did get Twain’s attention, and earned the former Universal Champion a trip on stage. Fightful has video of the whole thing here.
But he didn’t get to hear his beloved “When”. While Shania was impressed with the effort he put into getting her attention via social media, she wasn’t sure she should reward a heel by playing requests. I mean, he did open their bit on stage by correcting her when she called him “pro wrestler Kevin Owens” and informing the best-selling female artist in country music history he was actually “huge WWE Superstar Kevin Owens”...
Twain: The problem is that when I watch you in the ring, you are not like the typical nice Canadian kid. I mean, I’m nice, most Canadians are nice, but this guy, he’s a bad ass. He’s got some pretty bad behavior going on. So listen, I can’t really condone a request like that from such a bad guy like you. I mean you’re not a bad guy, but you’re a bad guy in the ring.
KO: Let’s call it a difference of opinion. I think I’m a great guy, I’m a great wrestler and I think I’ve been doing pretty well for Canada and representing Montreal very well. I think you should consider singing “When” for me tonight.
Twain: Ok, so I’ll make you a deal... because “When” is not on the show...
That deal is not gonna work out well for Kev. Because her one condition for singing the song at a future concert involves a pretty monstrous challenge:
Twain: Tell me, who is your biggest rival?
KO: Well, Shania, right now I’m actually having a lot of trouble with a fella by the name of Braun Strowman, and, yeah, I guess that would be him.
Twain: Braun Strowman - okay, listen. I’ll make a deal with you. Next time, well no - if you can beat Braun Strowman - it’s a challenge - then the next time I’m in town, I will sing ‘When’.
KO: Shania, here’s the thing [takes microphone]. Yeah, I’ll take it - oh, it’s bedazzled. Have you seen Braun Strowman? The guy’s seven feet tall, like 500 pounds, maybe more. And you’re asking me to beat him? Come on! Shania, seriously, I’ve been doing pretty well, I represent Canada as good as I can, I’ve won so many championships, that’s got to be worth something, alright? And - I have more Twitter followers than you do, COME ON?
Twain admits that Owens is a pretty impressive guy, and she actually couldn’t remember all the words to “When”. So maybe next time! And at least he got to take a selfie with her!
Plus, the internet remains undefeated, as Wrestling Observer’s JJ Williams came to KO’s rescue with this beauty:
Have a great evening, @FightOwensFight pic.twitter.com/9PW0JTtkYQ— JJ Williams (@JJWilliamsWON) June 26, 2018
Try to be a little more optimistic, Kevin. You’re not beating Braun, but maybe Shania will play “When” for you next time anyway.