Kevin Owens was a fan of Chris Jericho growing up and always looked up to him, which put things in perspective now.
The WWE Universal Champion sat down with Mirror for an interview. The questions covered his time in NXT, his match in Hell in a Cell and winning the WWE Universal Championship. Owens says the title was a long time coming.
"It was the culmination of 21 years of hard work. I'm 32 now and was 11-years-old when I first watched WWE. When I started wrestling for WWE for a living, my goal was to become world champion, just as everybody's goal is in this industry basically. I've heard some people talk negatively about Triple H helping me win the title, but that actually made it more special to me, because without Triple H I wouldn't be here. He made the call to hire me and he has been a pretty big supporter of mine since I first got here. For him to literally hand me the title, for me that just added to the moment," said Owens.
Lately, Owens has been accompanied to the ring by Chris Jericho. He and Jericho both have Canadian roots. Owens recalls watching Jericho on late nights in Quebec.
"Chris Jericho was always someone I looked up to. I was a WWE fan growing up and I remember his debut. Back in the day, Raw would air at midnight on TSM in Canada and I would stay up way past my bedtime, considering I had school the next day, to watch it. I remember seeing Chris' debut, which at that point on the show was probably at about 1am at my house, but that didn't stop me from losing my mind really because I was so excited to see him come to WWE. So to now be able to share the ring with him and get to do some pretty entertaining stuff on Raw on a weekly basis is pretty special. It's somebody I've watched growing up and now we get to do that together. It puts things into perspective and it's pretty cool," said Owens.
Sunday, Owens will defend his title against Seth Rollins in Hell in a Cell. He has held the title for sixty days.
The rest of the interview can be found Mirror.co.uk.