Kevin Steen (born May 7, 1984) is a Canadian professional wrestler. He is signed to the American professional wrestling promotion WWE, where he performs under the ring name Kevin Owens and is the current WWE Intercontinental Champion in his first reign.
Prior to joining WWE in 2014, Steen wrestled under his birth name for Ring of Honor, where he held the ROH World Championship and ROH World Tag Team Championship. He also wrestled extensively on the independent circuit for 14 years, including stints in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, where he held the PWG World Championship and PWG World Tag Team Championship, and Combat Zone Wrestling, where he held the CZW Iron Man Championship. Prior to debuting on the main WWE roster in May 2015, Owens wrestled in WWE’s developmental branch NXT, where he held the NXT Championship.
In 2012, Ring of Honor (ROH) released two 2 disc sets entitled Kevin Steen: Ascension to the Top, focusing on his first two years with the promotion, and Kevin Steen: Decent into Madness, covering his solo run from 2009–2010. In 2013, ROH released a DVD titled Kevin Steen: Hell Rising, which included both his best matches in the promotion and a shoot interview, in which Steen went into detail most notably about his relationship with Jim Cornette and his booking of ROH. The DVD was pulled from ROH’s online store shortly after its release. It was made available again during the 2013 Christmas season. Following his departure, ROH release another 3 disc set entitled Thanks Steen Thanks which featured matches from the end of his championship run, through his final match with the company.
Growing up in Marieville, Quebec, Steen is of French-Canadian heritage and speaks French as his first language. Steen participated in sports such as hockey, soccer, and baseball. He never considered developing a career out of any of those sports, especially soccer after suffering an injury at age 11. Instead, he considered becoming a professional wrestler after watching a VHS tape of WrestleMania XI with his father. Steen learned to speak English as a teenager from watching WWE Raw and mimicking the promos and commentary that he heard.
Steen and his wife, Karina, have a son named Owen (named after Owen Hart) and a daughter named Élodie Leila. In May 2008, at the end of the DDT4 Night One event, Steen’s then-six-month-old son appeared in a segment with Excalibur, in which Excalibur called him ugly. Steen gave Excalibur three package piledrivers in a row before placing his son on top of Excalibur for the pin.