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WWE ♦ December 30, 2017 counted down their top superstars on 2017, those that left the biggest impression on the WWE Universe and those that achieved the most. Kevin ranked in at #7 on the list! Here’s what had to say!

Like him or not, you cannot argue with Kevin Owens’ results in 2017.

The Québécois competitor opened the year as Universal Champion and later accrued three United States Championship reigns, the first of which was earned with a historic title win at WrestleMania 33. He pulled out all the stops in his drive to succeed, even betraying his one true ally in Chris Jericho and later befriending a longtime rival in Sami Zayn. He also cemented his place on The McMahon Family’s radar, both through a brutal assault of Mr. McMahon and through frequent battles with Shane McMahon, including a jaw-dropping war inside Hell in a Cell.

He even ended his year by, quite literally, saving his job at WWE Clash of Champions, making one thing clear to all his critics: Kevin Owens is not going anywhere anytime soon. — MATTHEW ARTUS

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Smackdown LIVE!, Videos, WWE ♦ December 27, 2017

It’s probably fitting for the last SmackDown LIVE match of 2017 to end in absolute chaos. WWE Champion AJ Styles and Kevin Owens (with Sami Zayn in his corner) threw down in this chaotic main event.

During the match, Styles went to dive onto Owens on the outside the ring, though KO got out of the way, and AJ instead connected with Zayn. With Styles gearing up for the Phenomenal Forearm moments later, Zayn got on the apron to try and prevent AJ’s attack. Styles swung and missed at Zayn, who hopped off the apron, which prompted SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon to hit the scene to get the official to eject Zayn from ringside.

As Shane-O-Mac, Sami and the official had words, Styles caught Owens in a small package that very well could have scored him the victory. However, since the referee was preoccupied with Zayn and Shane, AJ relinquished the small package to try and regain the official’s attention. The distraction left Styles vulnerable, and KO turned the tide by rolling Styles up for the win. After the contest, Owens and Zayn celebrated as The Phenomenal One shot a look to the Commissioner as he exited up the ramp, though Shane appeared to offer an apology to the WWE Champion.

The war is clearly ongoing, but the final battle of 2017 was awarded to Owens & Zayn.

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Images, Smackdown LIVE!, Videos, WWE ♦ December 20, 2017

AJ Styles, Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura def. Jinder Mahal, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
In a star-studded main event, WWE Champion AJ Styles teamed with Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura to take on Jinder Mahal, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, with The Singh Brothers lurking at ringside in a thrilling rematch from Tribute to the Troops.

With wounds still cutting deep in the aftermath of WWE Clash of Champions, all six Superstars came in with tempers boiling and ready to pop off with punches. The integrity of the barnburner contest was compromised when The Singh Brothers tried to get involved even after they had been ejected from ringside. The Singhs got a double DDT from Orton for their efforts (just after The Modern Day Maharaja ate an RKO from The Viper), Owens felt the effects of a Phenomenal Forearm from Styles (with Orton adding to The Phenomenal One’s mid-air momentum with a shove) and Zayn was felled by a bone-crushing Kinshasa from The King of Strong Style, who scored the 1-2-3 to give his squad the main event W.

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Fallout, Images, Pay Per View, Videos, WWE ♦ December 18, 2017

Following their victory at Clash of Champions, Kevin and Sami celebrated with champagne on the Pay Per View post show Talking Smack. You can check out the clip above!

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Images, Pay Per View, Videos, WWE ♦ December 18, 2017

Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn remain gainfully employed with the WWE after overcoming the odds and the tyranny of Shane McMahon, and defeating Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura at Clash of Champions. They’re not fired! Huge celebrations took place on Talking Smack after the event, and rightfully so. Here’s what had to say!

Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn def. Shinsuke Nakamura & Randy Orton
Are Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn still employed? The short answer is, “Yep.” The long answer, however, is a bit more complicated.

Yes, Owens & Zayn prevailed in a match where their WWE careers were on the line, but the bout didn’t come down so much to their opponents — Shinsuke Nakamura & Randy Orton — as it did to an explosive disagreement between match’s the two Special Guest Referees, SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon and General Manager Daniel Bryan.

Some history: Shane had been a vocal proponent of firing Zayn & Owens ever since they cost Team SmackDown the deciding match at Survivor Series, which led him to put their careers at stake and declare himself the match’s guest ref. As Owens warned that Shane would never allow him to win, Bryan named himself the second referee in a bid to protect the “integrity” of SmackDown LIVE. That potential difference of philosophy came to the forefront almost instantly, when some early friction between the two refs led Bryan to draw an imaginary line in the sand, with him and Shane each claiming a territory in the ring to officiate.

It should be mentioned that Owens & Zayn mounted a pretty solid game plan against The Viper and The King of Strong Style, but their animosity toward the refs provided their opponents ample opportunity to take advantage. Nakamura unleashed a blistering torrent of knees onto KO, but it was a triangle from The King of Strong Style that brought the refs back into each other’s orbit when Bryan counted Nakamura’s shoulders in a pinfall attempt, much to Shane’s chagrin.

All the officiating in the world, however, couldn’t stop the wild brawl outside the ring, which concluded with Owens splashing The King of Strong Style through one of the ringside announce tables. With Nakamura dispatched, Orton planted Zayn with an RKO, and an ecstatic Shane went to make the pinfall, but Owens bum-rushed Bryan on top of Shane as he made the count. Orton and Shane surrounded an apologetic Bryan as Zayn struck, instigating a series of back-and-forth rollups that ended with Sami seemingly holding Orton down successfully … only McMahon outright refused to count to three.

With Owens’ fears validated and Bryan red-faced with rage, the two figureheads of SmackDown LIVE went nose-to-nose and appeared inches away from coming to blows (Bryan audibly called Shane “a disgrace”) before Shane threw up his hands and turned his back. Unfortunately for him, Zayn picked that exact moment to attempt another rollup on Orton, and Bryan notched a lightning-fast three-count (in Shane’s territory, for what it’s worth) that saved two jobs. What happens to Bryan’s own job, ironically, is now very much in question, but Shane probably should have seen this coming: Daniel Bryan has never been one to back down from a McMahon.

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Videos, WWE ♦ December 17, 2017

Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn weigh the gravity of their current situation as they prepare to battle the “dream team” of Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura at WWE Clash of Champions, with SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon and General Manager Daniel Bryan as special guests referees.

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