Kevin Owens may be the most hatable heel (wrestling lingo for villain) in the WWE. To be a great heel, you have to display a genuine quality of contemptibility. And Owens, who never, ever seems to break his "hyper-arrogant summer camp bully" persona, is truly gifted at being contemptible. His skill was on display at a recent wrestling event, where he tee'd off on a seven year old fan for trying to high-five him while wearing a Roman Reigns shirt.
When the kid reached out his hand for the high-five, Owens approached him, refused the gesture, and dressed him down like he was a fully-grown adult who just spit on his shoes. Owens scolded him with such conviction that it really seems, even to this author who has watched thousands of hours of wrestling, like he meant it.
The boy's mother posted a Facebook status about the event, saying that Owens deeply upset both her and the kid.
"My heart is shattered. What started off as an amazingly awesome night ended in my 7 year old being completely heartbroken. My son is a huge WWE fan and a fan of just about every wrestler on the roster.... All night he was getting high fives from other wrestlers and was all smiles but for some reason when Kevin Owens came out he singled out my son and commented on who's shirt he was wearing then told him "you should get this shirt. Actually don't get this shirt I don't want you to ever wear my shirt. Don't you ever try to touch me." All because my 7 year old wanted a high five and wasn't wearing his shirt. My heart sank. He became visibly upset, sat down and kept staring at the gate. I couldn't help it I started crying.
To top all of this off after Kevin Owens lost to Roman Reigns and he was walking away from the ring my son was just standing there on his seat watching and Kevin Owens jumped towards him and yelled at him "I am your father" which made no sense but with the sudden movement and loudness made all of us jump and my son almost fell of his seat. My son is crushed and whenever he talks about it he tears up. I can't believe a wrestler would actually treat a 7 year old fan this way. Shame on you Kevin Owens and WWE."
Owens responded on Twitter, saying, "A wrestler told my son not to not to touch him. I'm completely heartbroken...Well, not really but if I complain maybe I'll get free stuff!"
Kevin Owens: professional wrestling's most committed heel.