Kevin Owens is no stranger to moving between brands as part of the WWE Draft. having fluctuated between Raw and SmackDown since joining the main roster. However, in a new interview, KO has admitted that he nearly returned to NXT last year.
During the interview with Bleacher Report, Owens explained that while he was keen on the move, the plans eventually fell through and he has since returned his focus to Raw and SmackDown.
“Last year at some point, I was going back to NXT,” he said. “It was all in motion and it was going to happen, and then it didn’t. To say that’s a thought that crossed my mind would be an understatement, but I would tell you right now that that’s not the case anymore. That’s just not where I’m at anymore. Now, I want to be on Raw or be on SmackDown and just fight like hell to create some memorable moments for everybody. That’s all I want at this point.”
In recent times Tyler Breeze, Finn Balor and Ember Moon have all returned to the black and gold brand, reinvigorating their characters in the process. And while Kevin Owens did make a one off appearance at NXT Takeover: War Games, a full time return would have been huge news.
The former Universal Champion has moved brands every year in the draft since 2016, and he hopes that this occasion will be no exception. The current draft is already shaking things up across the WWE, and Owens admits he’s looking for a fresh start.
“I can only assume from the past that I’m going to switch,” he said. “It almost gives me a new playground every year and a new set of people to work with. It kind of gives me a reset or a chance to rest, anyway. So far, I don’t know if that’s how it works, but every time we get to a draft, it feels like I’m due for a reset every time as a Superstar, as a character, as a whatever. It still feels that way to me this year. I hope I do go to SmackDown so I can hopefully start fresh on that side of things.”
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