Kevin Owens on Being in the Ring with Vince McMahon, Why He Blurs the Face/Heel Line, His Inspiration

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WWE Smackdown Live star Kevin Owens recently spoke with ESPN and below are some interview highlights:

On being in the ring on Smackdown with Vince McMahon:

“There’s a lot of things in my WWE career I’m very proud of, things I accomplished that not many people get to live out in their careers. I’ve done it in a relatively short period of time, so that’s really cool,” said Owens during a recent interview with “But being in the ring with Vince McMahon and the ensuing situation there was definitely at the top of the list of things I’ll look back on when I’m older and I’m not wrestling anymore.

On who inspired him to become a wrestler:

“Shawn Michaels is the reason I wanted to be a wrestler.”

On blurring the lines between a face and a heel in WWE:

“Whether it’s one way or another or a mix of both, I feel like those kinds of reactions are the most interesting,” said Owens. “The kind of reactions Roman Reigns elicits. The kind of reactions John Cena elicits. They’re the strongest because you can almost have crowds competing with themselves. People cheering ’em, people booing ’em, people trying to be heard louder than the people next to them.

“That creates for this really special atmosphere. That’s what I’m striving to, that’s what I’m hoping to get one day. I’m well-aware that no matter how big of a jerk I am, some people will cheer me, and no matter what I do, some people will boo me, and that’s fine. I just need to elicit emotion. That’s all I care about.”

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