Welcome back to The Independent Files, where we at Nerdopotamus will share a match featuring two WWE wrestlers, but not from their time on the big stage. No, these matches will be from their time on the independent circuit. There used to be a time when indy experience was frowned upon in Vince McMahon’s company, but not anymore!
Nowadays, the indies are essentially the territories, and Triple H is Vinny Mac in the early-mid ’80s, going around, cherry picking the best talent out there. That’s how we ended up with the current WWE landscape. Look at their roster. Seth Rollins? Indy experience. Dean Ambrose? Indy experience. Same goes for Adrian Neville, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Becky Lynch, Daniel Bryan, Finn Balor, Cesaro, AJ Styles, Luke Harper, King Barrett, Sheamus, and of course, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, as well as a few others.
For this installment, we’re going with AJ Styles versus Kevin Owens. You may have noticed the reaction KO and Styles got when they clashed during the 2016 Royal Rumble. That’s because they’re men cut from the same cloth. They earned their way to WWE by working their asses off everywhere else.
In short: they were two of the most celebrated independent wrestlers of all-time. Now they’re plying their craft on the largest stage available. Here’s hoping we get to see them go a step further, and upstage the following bout in a WWE ring.
FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Youtube screenshot.