As a professional wrestling fan, I live for WrestleMania week. There’s a certain amount of energy in the air regardless of the card. For those that don’t know, most independent promotions schedule loads and loads of events in the city where WrestleMania is held. You’ll typically see events from TNA, Chikara, Ring of Honor and many, many more. And before we get into my WrestleMania post, I’d like to address one of those three, Ring of Honor’s Supercard of Honor.
Supercard of Honor was held the Friday before WrestleMania, and featured in the main event (which was killed by ROH’s horrible livestream service, which went down for all viewers, but that’s a whole ‘nother post) Kevin Steen (c) vs. Jay Briscoe for the ROH title. Now, don’t get me wrong, Jay Briscoe is one Hell of a wrestler, and for ROH, he’s a day oner, so he should get all of the acclaims in the world, but if I’m a mark for anyone, it’s Kevin Steen. Steen, for me, has been providing the most must-watch title reigns for any company in recent history. His character is one of a violent, take no prisoners, hardcore bad-ass, that is also technically sound, especially for his size. He took Ring of Honor hostage as the champion who could not be defeated, and provided an image that was contrary to ROH’s typical technical, small guy, physically fit strikers. He embodies what the company didn’t want, but but what the fans couldn’t get enough of. I’ve said before, and I’ll say it again, Kevin Steen was pulling off what WWE dropped the ball on with the Summer of Punk. He was brash, fought the power, and ultimately, it appeared, to rid Ring of Honor of Jim Cornette. So, obviously, I will miss his reign at the top. And again, while Briscoe is amazing and deserves the title, it leaves me asking the question, what’s left for Kevin Steen?
Steen did so much in ROH, and he has loads of opportunities at other independent promotions like Pro Wrestling Guerilla and Chikara, but, selfishly, I don’t want him at those or any other indie promotions, because quite frankly, those promotions don’t have national television tapings. The highlight of my week was hoping to see Steen on ROH’s shitty Sinclair network syndicated show. For a while there, I was praying that G4 would pick up a show based on Chikara, because, seriously, G4 would have had something beautiful with that promotion, but obviously it didn’t happen and now that G4 is changing over to GQ or whatever, it’s never going to happen. Now, back to Steen. Steen’s former tag partner and bitter rival, El Generico, was recently signed to WWE along with former huge indie names like Claudio Castagnoli (Antonio Cesaro), Tyler Black (Seth Rollins), Chris Hero (Kassius Ohno), Jon Moxley (Dean Ambrose), and many others. But whereas these wrestlers got picked up by WWE, I don’t see it happening with Steen.
Stten was so exciting to watch because he lived in an R rated entertainment world on a show that didn’t truly focus on storylines, productions or entertainment. He is brash, brazen, and incredibly violent. In my opinion, he’s what Brock Lesnar would be if Brock Lesnar loved wrestling more than Lesnar loves money. The influence from Lesnar can even be seen in one of Steen’s finishing moves, the F-Cinq, which for those non-French Canadian folks out there, is translated to the F-5, Lesnar’s signature power move. And while I’d love to seen get signed by the WWE, and that his dropping the title to Briscoe means that we’ll be seeing him in NXT or on the main WWE roster soon, I have yet to see any rumors relating to this dream. Not only that, but I also wonder, could it even be done? One of the main draws of Steen, as I’ve stated above is his persona and violence, which in no way mesh with WWE’s current PG state. While Punk, who is at the top of his power in WWE, is causing massive amounts of controversy over the recent Undertaker/Paul Bearer storyline, that’s not something that a new-to-the-company Steen could get away with. There’s really no end in sight to WWEPG, so hoping for a world in which Steen would fit in seems moot at this point.
Aside from that, Steen is a big guy. He’s incredibly agile and intense, but his look doesn’t seem like one that a current WWE would want on their roster. I hope I’m wrong. I hope we see Steen show up at MetLife stadium during The Shield match and make his presence known in the WWE, but quite honestly, that doesn’t seem likely, at all. However, if this was the late 90s, I think Steen would thrive in the world’s largest wrestling company. All said, though, I think Steen is good enough where he could adapt to the product because he’s very good at what he does, but I don’t think WWE would give him the chance to do so. But again, there is the case of Jon Moxley, which if you haven’t seen him in action other than WWE/NXT/FCW, do yourself a favor and look up his matches and promos on YouTube. Anyway, that leaves the question, where does Steen go from here? He’s deserve weekly screen time, he’s too good for TNA by a mile, so that leaves WWE, but does WWE have the balls to pull the trigger? Let’s hope so.