Kevin Owens On How He Got Injured, Desire To Return To NXT

Kevin Owens did an interview with CBS Sports prior to this week’s episode of WWE Raw where he explained the injury he suffered in his WrestleMania 36 match against Seth Rollins was due to him trying to make WrestleMania as special as possible.

“I’ve had a pretty great career and there’s always room for more. I always want more. I certainly can’t say that my career has lacked in big moments and moments I’ll remember for a long time. As far as keeping momentum and following through, obviously this injury was unfortunate timing, but that comes with the territory. It all happened because I was trying to make WrestleMania as special as possible,” Owens admitted. “I wouldn’t change a thing in that aspect; it’s just something that happens and you have to dust yourself off and keep going.”

Owens also expressed a continued desire to return to WWE NXT. Owens had considerable success in what was originally known as WWE’s developmental brand as he is a former WWE NXT Champion. His success there laid the groundwork for his success on the main roster.

“I think Triple H touched on it in the past in some interviews,” Owens said. “For a while there, it looked like I was going to head back to NXT. I had even discussed it with Vince McMahon and stuff like that. I was excited about it. I don’t know if it would have been a long or short term thing. I’ve been vocal about wanting to go back there because I’d love to help make it grow even more and help make it as big as it can get and make it so we have three brands people know about. I would love for people to be just as aware of NXT as they are about Raw and SmackDown. I would have loved to be a part of that, but some decisions were made that I had to stay put on Raw and SmackDown. That’s fine, but I would love the chance to go back.

“I talk to Triple H pretty regularly and we bring it up once in a while. It’s just about timing. There’s a lot of opportunities. The landscape of WWE is changing quite a bit through this situation and I think it’s going to keep evolving. The ideal scenario for me would be for NXT to be viewed as a third brand, and if it’s not already, it’s pretty close. I’d love to be a part of anything. I love to contribute to SmackDown, to Raw, to NXT. I just want to go where I’m needed and try to make a difference.”

Owens has climbed the ranks in WWE, just as he did in Ring of Honor, which ultimately landed him the contract with the biggest promotion in the world. He has since evolved into a locker room leader, even helping usher in WWE’s new mask-wearing policy.

KO’s leap onto the announce table at this year’s WrestleMania was seen as one of the biggest WrestleMania moments of the show.

You can read his full interview with CBS Sports at this link.


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