Former WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens says plans were in place for a long-term return to NXT before Vince McMahon had a sudden change of heart.
Owens came to WWE in 2014 as part of the NXT brand and immediately set his sights on winning gold. The Canadian star achieved that when he won the NXT Championship just two months after his debut when he defeated old friend Sami Zayn at NXT TakeOver: Rival.
John Cena’s United States Championship Open Challenge allowed Kevin Owens to make his presence felt on the main WWE roster and he was soon part of the Raw roster full-time. With runs as WWE Universal, United States, and Intercontinental Champion, Owens’ time in WWE has been successful but the star was due to head back to the black and gold brand for a run in 2019.
Kevin Owens did take part in a War Games match as part of Team Ciampa in November of that year but as he explained to talkSPORT’s Alex McCarthy, a lengthier run was originally in the works:
“Before I did the War Games return, there were concrete plans for me to go back to NXT for an extended period before coming back to the main roster. At the time Paul Heyman was in charge on RAW and those were just plans we had and Vince [McMahon] had signed off on all of them and, eventually, he changed his mind and nothing happened.”
“That’s all it comes down to – what he says goes. It wasn’t something I had just floated about, it was a plan that was going to happen and they just went in a different direction.”
Kevin Owens has recently been the subject of much speculation after it was reported his WWE contract expires early next year.