Eric Bishoff I 👀 you. You dont want Shane on your tv monitor either do you
Bischoff's still salty after losing at Summerslam 2003.
Anyway, I like a shift in Owens' character as his heel schtick was old. However, I said it in another thread and I'll say it here, he can't go around using the Stunner and cutting worked shoot promos. He's just going to come off as a Punk/Austin wannabe.
That was an awesome promo, first off. That was watered down Steen vibes but it was Steen, nonetheless. I wish WWE would have built up weeks in advance to lead up to this moment but that's expecting much from a lazy company.
The only nitpick I had about the segment was that Owens shouldn't have run. Fuck those security geeks. Stand your ground and fuck their shit up. Do you want a natural edge? That's how to properly do it. Give a sense of edge with unadulterated urgency without having to rely on crude or desperate tactics.
Now everyone should know better, here. This will ultimately amount to nothing. Many stars (sans Punk I guess) in the modern era have cut these same promos in WWE since the Pipebomb and it didn't amount to anything. I don't suspect this will be anything different. They'll have to prove it and I doubt they will. However, this was a great promo from Owens. More of this, please.
This is the first segment that has left me intrigued, as Kevin Owens is a worthwhile talent whose untapped potential has been one of the greater blights in the current environment of WWE. Agree with you on just about all counts. This was a good, energetic promo from the protagonist. Definitely felt like a "no acting required" sort of moment, as I suspect that those complaints are grounded in nothing less than quotidian observation of the product--as in, reality.
Also agreed on the running away from the security guards. Supposedly the rationale for the promo is that Owens has "snapped," by his own words at the beginning of the promo, so why not let us see that "snapped" version of Owens? If he runs away from these nondescript goons, why should we be terribly invested in him the way we ought to be, the way we would be if he stood his ground and fought them off, with more security guards pouring out and finally subduing him by sheer numerical abundance?
And you are also correct that WWE should have built toward this for weeks, but they are lazy and base their booking and writing on the latest whims and reactions from an assortment of events.
Those are the two shoots I remember creating a big buzz obviously the Cena-Roman stuff wasn't anywhere near the same level as the pipebomb.
Along with CM Punks pipebomb ( obviously) I'll take the Miz on Talking Smack actually. Still one of my favourite worked shoots of the last 10 years. The sound of genuine frustration there, it didn't sound scripted or thought out, just words ripped straight from the heart venting his frustrating about the stigma he had attached to him.