Kevin Owens has discussed how working with John Cena helped him get better as a performer in WWE.
There’s a big match taking place on WWE television this week. This Friday on the December 30th edition of Smackdown in Tampa, Kevin Owens will team up with John Cena against the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn.
It’s a big match in particular for Owens because Zayn is KO’s best friend in pro wrestling for the last 20 years. Their careers have been linked together for two decades and will continue to be linked as they go into 2023 in main event-level positions.
As for Cena, it’s his first WWE match this year, which continues the run that has seen him have at least one WWE match every year for 20 years after making his debut in June 2002. In the 20 years since then, Cena has gone on to win 16 World Titles in WWE while some people, including Michael Cole, believe Cena is the greatest WWE performer of all time.
While Owens and Cena are teaming up on Smackdown, Owens and Cena were rivals in the past going back to 2015 when Owens made his main roster debut. They went on to have some great matches together to help establish Owens as a credible, main event-level star from the moment he joined the main roster.
In an interview with the New York Post, Owens talked about how Cena has helped him in the past.
“John and I kind of mended fences a long time ago. We haven’t been on opposite sides of the ring for a while. He’s been an incredibly valuable person to talk to about WWE and wrestling in general for so long. Even when we were rivals, if you want to call it that, he was a great sounding board for ideas and anything I could do to get better as a performer. He was at the very top of the business for so long, I couldn’t have imagined not using that resource.”
Owens also recently spoke about how teaming up with Cena is a full-circle moment for him.