With Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler having moved on to try and feud with Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins was finally free to move on to a new opponent for his Intercontinental title. As is so often the case now, Rollins issued an open challenge to the locker room to challenge him for the IC strap and Kevin Owens emerged to answer that call.
Owens issued a fiery promo about how nothing’s gone right for him since he came over to Monday Night Raw and how he was going to leave the arena with a title. The match that ensued was one of the best Raw matches in recent memory, with both Owens and Rollins pulling out all the stops.
Ultimately, Rollins won after a stomp on Owens who missed with a ridiculous moonsault attempt, retaining his title, but also building Owens back up after a squash at SummerSlam.
Or, so we thought. Instead, Owens remained in the ring, seated on a chair when Raw returned from commercial, clearly upset, and delivered two words into the microphone: I quit.
It is, to say the least, a surprise and leaves plenty of questions. Owens has definitely not had things going the way he thought they would on Raw, culminating in a humiliating loss to Braun Strowman at SummerSlam that left even the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin scratching his head. Given how it popped up immediately on WWE social in a video, one would think this is part of a longer story at play with Owens, but there is a section of the wrestling internet convinced Owens will now be popping up at Saturday’s All In show, hosted by Cody and the Young Bucks. Spoiler alert: Owens signed a 5-year extension with the company back in May.