NXT Champion Kevin Owens sent a strong message to United States John Cena the first time they came face-to-face, laying him out with a devastating Pop-up Powerbomb. On May 31 at WWE Elimination Chamber, live on the award-winning WWE Network, he’ll have to answer for his bold first impression when he faces Cena one-on-one.
Cena instituted the U.S. Open Challenge after winning the United States Championship at WrestleMania,offering a weekly opportunity for breakout Superstars to prove they belong in the spotlight. On the May 18 Raw, after weeks of heated showdowns for Cena against the likes of Dean Ambrose, Neville and Sami Zayn, among others, NXT Champion Kevin Owens seemingly arrived to accept the challenge.
With The Champ ready to defend the star-spangled championship, though, Owens brazenly told Cena they would only battle on his terms before kicking Cena in the gut and flooring him with a Pop-up Powerbomb. Owens then added insult to injury by stomping on Cena’s U.S. Title and disrespectfully standing tall above him.
Moments later, he met with Triple H, who agreed to Owens’ request for a match at WWE Elimination Chamber against Cena.
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