La Belle Province represents the world of professional wrestling better than ever, and the most obvious proof of this is Kevin Owens’ historic performance in Saturday’s WrestleMania Final.
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At World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) the long-awaited legendary Steve Austin has the weighty task of playing the villain Marivillos, whose last fight was in 2003. Owens took on a critical challenge. .
“He wrestled with a 57-year-old man who had not wrestled in 19 years, he was panicked and even had some reservations,” wrestling historian and TVA sports commentator Pat Laprade said by phone in a live broadcast from Texas. , Where WrestleMania is happening this year.
“Stone Cold” had to end his career prematurely in 2003 due to a neck injury. His physical condition today does not allow him to perform maneuvers as he pleases, making the task even more complicated for Owens.
“Yesterday [samedi], Kevin Owens 19, 20 years ago Steve Austin appeared for the Steve Austin we know. It’s an amazing show and we have something to be proud of about our Qubeser, “Laprade praised.
The two pugilists on Saturday presented a 14-minute fight with twists that surprised the fighting enthusiasts. The duel ended when Owens took his own chair kick in the face, bouncing off the ropes after escaping with the crowd’s admiration. Austin ended the feud in front of a Texas audience using his signature acrobatic “stunner”.
Generations of talent
Owens is not the only Quebec wrestler to be at the forefront of the WWE’s global scene: his lifelong sidekick, Laval resident Sami Jain, competes Sunday with the star of the Sassy Jacques movie series Johnny Knoxville, with whom he has increased competition in recent times. Weeks.
“Celebrity like Johnny Knoxville allows a person like Sammy Jain to be identified by an environment that does not necessarily follow. This is what celebrities mean: bringing new faces to WWE,” Laprade explained.
Owens and Jain did not cut the latter corners to describe the pair of athletes: they “[Sidney] Crosby and [Alexander] Ovechkin of the Quebec struggle “, according to him.
“These are the talents of generations. These two guys grew up together in this business. Long ago, they worked in church basements, bars, and community halls.
“It allows young people [Québécois] Laprade concludes by having heroes, watching Kevin Owens and Sami Jain and saying ‘I’ll give it a try, pro wrestling’.