Wearing a sports jersey is an easy way for professional wrestlers to elicit a crowd reaction – whether it’s applause or boos – but for Kevin Owens, it means more than just a flick.
WWE performed live in Vancouver this weekend. Saturday Night Main Event show at Pacific Coliseum and Owens donned a Canucks jersey for his in-ring appearance with Austin Theory. It was not just an ordinary T-shirt bought in the team’s store in the morning, but a gift from a special fan.
As Owens explained to Theory and the public, the jersey was a gift from Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau. After the mere mention of his name by the crowd around the arena, there were cheers and a short “Bruce”, which eventually turned into a full-fledged chorus of “Bruce, here it is” – a repetition of the slogan popularized when the coach took the bench in the middle of last season.
Owens delved into the backstory of the coach-wrestler relationship. Boudreau has repeatedly mentioned that during his time in Vancouver he is a big fan of wrestling, and said that his favorite current wrestler this is Owens.
The challenge came as a surprise to Boudreau during an NHL draft broadcast earlier this year in his hometown of Montreal.
The way Boudreau turns back time and admires Owens like a 10 year old megafan is just incredibly touching and hilarious. When the initial shock turned into just flustered amazement and an endless smirk, you can tell that it was probably more exciting for Boudreau to give Owens the jersey later than it was for the wrestler to get it.
The Canucks begin their regular season on October 12 against the Oilers. This year should be an exciting one for a team trying to make it to the playoffs. We may see Owens appear at Rogers Arena at least once this season. It’s not his hometown of the Canadiens, but at least he can support his buddy behind the bench.
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