He did it for The Rock. He did it for Flex Kavana.
On August 13, Kevin Owens faced Baron Corbin on SmackDown with the stipulation that if Corbin could beat him, he'd give him one thousand dollars. Baron has been down on his luck since losing his crown and is on the verge of filing for bankruptcy. Owens told Corbin, though, that a loss would mean he had to stop seeking money in the way he has and make something happen for himself.
Of course, Owens won the match, pinning Corbin with a sunset flip. On the newest episode of Talking Smack, KO explained the significance of the victory and how his winning maneuver was a nod to The Rock. He said the following:
"You know what's funny is that actually, it felt special tonight for a funny reason. So I signed with WWE in July of 2014 and they announced it to the world on wwe.com, that's a website, on August 12, 2014. So it's almost seven years ago to the day... So, what makes me proud is -- so the day they announced my signing, it was surreal. So many WWE legends, like I'm talking Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, just to name those guys, commented on me signing, which was huge for me. Just the independent wrestler who just, you know, his dream came true. I got announced that I signed a contract with WWE and The Rock, Dwayne Johnson, you might know him, he's done movies, he said, welcome to The Club, something like that. I know this because people were tweeting at me this week like, hey seven years to that day The Rock tweeted this when you signed your contract,' whatever. He said, you know, 'have fun, enjoy the ride,' and one of the hashtags he used was something about sunset flips. Because as Flex Kavana, which was his name before. So as Flex Kavana, which was his name in developmental, which is a term for the smart fans out there. When you first, when you go to WWE first but they don't want to put you on TV right away because you need to work out the kinks, you're in developmental. So Flex Kavana was his name and his finishing move used to be the sunset flip. What did I use tonight to beat Baron Corbin? It all came together... It was a great time."
Flex. Kavana. Fucking. Loves. It.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 14, 2021
Very few (if any) will know how historic your “well placed” Sunset Flip here means. Teremana -- on the way to you! (And for Baron too for being a fucking pro!:)
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