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Reason Behind Kevin Owens’ Babyface Turn On SmackDown

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• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (July 4, 1998) – WWF Shotgun Saturday Night

On this day in 1998, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Shotgun Saturday Night ‘.

It was pre-taped at the Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Fully Loaded 1998: In Your House’ PPV.

This episode was hosted by Jim Cornette & Jim Ross.

Here’s the card:

– X-Pac vs. Jesus Castillo

– Faarooq vs. Mark Kony

– INTERVIEW: Rocky Maivia

– Funaki & Men’s Teioh vs. Papi Chulo & Steve Casey

– Vader vs. Frank Shalletto

– INTERVIEW: Ken Shamrock

– The New Age Outlaws vs. Terry Funk & Dustin Runnels

• Reason Behind Kevin Owens’ Babyface Turn On SmackDown

On this week’s episode of SmackDown, Kevin Owens laid out his tag team partner Dolph Ziggler and this was seen as a babyface turn for Owens.

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, WWE is now back on track with their original plan for Owens:

“It’s very clear that this is a babyface turn for Owens who just turned heel a couple of months ago. I hate turns back and forth, but originally he was supposed to be a babyface. The heel turn was just a last-ditch effort because Daniel Bryan got hurt and now he’s getting back to where they wanted him originally.”

        
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