Stunner is one of the cult moves created by WWE. It signified the character of Stone Cold Steve Austin who was often dubbed as The Texas Rattlesnake. He could strike his opponents with this move to lay down in the middle of the ring in a unique style.
The finisher has recently been borrowed by Kevin Owens, one of the top stars of Monday Night Raw. He is using this ever since transforming to a babyface character in the WWE.
The usage of Stunner by Kevin Owens did produce a polarizing effect on the fans, instantly. But did the innovator of the move approve the fact that a new name is performing this on TV on a regular basis? The former Universal Champion answered the question in a recent conversation.
During his recent appearance on the After the Bell podcast hosted by Corey Graves, Kevin Owens talked about a myriad of topics. He also opened up on the fallouts of using Stunner as his finisher.
He recalled the moment when he actually wanted permission from Stone Cold Steve Austin before doing it on TV. The Hall of Famer was pretty happy that someone had finally thought of using it, (courtesy sescoops.com)
“He was very happy that I asked him. You know, me giving him the respect of it but more than anything, he was happy that someone asked him because he’s like, ‘You want to use it as a finisher?’
I’m like, ‘Yes’. He’s like, ‘God, it’s about time; I can’t believe nobody’s tried this yet. I can’t believe no one had come and asked about using the stunner as a finisher. It’s a great finish, like, why not?’”
Following this conversation, Kevin Owens was eager to perform Stunner on a regular basis in the shows. But the officials stopped him from doing so as he was playing a heel by betraying Kofi Kingston after Wrestlemania 35. But he has the green signal on doing it again now that he has turned babyface, again.
As of now, WWE plans to portray him as the replacement of Seth Rollins now that the latter name has turned into a heel.