Kevin Owens has revealed the favourite moment of his WWE career to date, and it’s not one that you might expect.
Back in December 2021, Kevin Owens signed a new multi-year contract putting to bed the increasing speculation linking him with a move to AEW.
Since then, Owens has challenged for the WWE Championship and is set to headline night one of WrestleMania 38.
Speaking in a new interview with ESPN, Kevin Owens gave an insight into his reasoning behind staying with WWE. The former Universal Champion said that a huge part of decision was down to Vince McMahon making it clear that he wanted him to stay.
“A big part of it, honestly, was that Vince McMahon made it pretty clear to me that he wanted me to stay,”
“And, you know, I’ve been in WWE for seven years at this point. You know, I have a lot of friends everywhere else in wrestling, but there is a whole side of WWE that people don’t get to see, whether it’s the production crew, you know, the camera people, the stage manager, the creative team, all these people.
“They’re all very special people and you know, they’re a part of my family. My extended family now. My professional family, if you want to call it that. So that, those were all factors that, that, that led to me, you know, staying put, because Vince made it clear he wanted me to stay. It feels like my home and all those other people there that, you know, if I wasn’t there, I wouldn’t get to see anymore and that was just like, you know, it just seemed like the right move. That’s really all there is to it.”
Later on in the conversation, Owens was asked about the favourite moment of his WWE career. The Canadian star explained that despite the WrestleMania appearances, and World Title wins, it’s his first match in NXT that he holds most dearest.
“The one that always comes back to me is my first match in NXT. And it’s funny when I say that because people would expect, ‘oh, it’s got to be one of the WrestleMania’s or when you won the, you know, the Universal Title,’” Owens said. “All those moments are incredible but my first match at NXT was my first match in WWE as far as I’m concerned and that was a culmination of, at that point, 15 years of dreaming and working toward that.
“So that moment, you know, is etched in my memory forever and it’s probably always going to be at the top. Like when people ask me, ‘what’s your one memory in WWE that you’ll cherish the most?’ That first night in NXT was just so incredibly special.”
At night one of WrestleMania 38, Kevin Owens will host a special episode of the KO Show, with his guest Stone Cold Steve Austin. While it is unclear as to what shape the confrontation will take, it has been reported that Austin will be more physically involved than he has been in nearly 20 years.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.