Kevin Owens has revealed that his appearance at NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2019 was meant to lead to a more permanent stay on the black and gold brand.
If you ask a Kevin Owens fan for his most successful and popular era in WWE, they will more than likely name his time in NXT which will be followed by the night he captured the WWE Universal Championship.
The NXT Kevin Owens was ruthless, careless, charismatic and lovable in a heelish way. Many cheered when he turned on best friend Sami Zayn and powerbombed him on the apron. That applause was tenfold when Owens pinned Zayn to capture the NXT Championship mere months after his debut.
As NXT Champion, fans bought into his invasion of Monday Night Raw in order to war with John Cena over the WWE United States Championship and his clean victory over the leader of the Cenation at the 2015 Elimination Chamber, was a historic moment for many who never thought they’d see Cena put a NXT talent over in such a manner.
When Owens returned to NXT in November 2019, the ovation he received as the mystery partner of Team Ciampa was unlike anything heard in a WWE arena in nearly a decade. Just imagine, if he’d never left.
Speaking to the Metro UK, the host of the Kevin Owens Show talked about WarGames 2019, the plan to keep him on the black and gold brand in order to revitalize his career and his yearning to travel across the pond to appear on NXT UK:
“They’re all extremely talented guys, and I would love to compete with any of those [NXT UK] guys. I kinda got to do a bit with Imperium last year, so that was cool. At one point there was a plan for me to go back to NXT at some point last year, which didn’t happen, obviously. But we had even discussed, maybe if that happens, then maybe I could show up on NXT UK and work with all these different people. I’d love to get to do that! The UK – all of Europe, really – I had a really fun time there as an independent wrestler and again touring with WWE. Any chance I would get to be there more and wrestle for those fans – if or when we get an audience back, or even in this setting. To be a part of that and help do good stuff over with NXT UK, I’d love that for sure.”
Kevin Owens mat not have got his wish to return home on a full-time basis, but he did manage to visit prior to the 2020 WarGames when he served as colour commentator and hosted a special edition of his Kevin Owens Show.
‘The Prizefighter’ will challenge Roman Reigns for the WWE Undisputed Championship on December 20 at Tables, Ladders and Chairs in a TLC Match.