Kevin Owens is a performer who is filled with ambition, but that passion to never settle has been both a blessing and a curse over the course of his career.
Speaking with Justin Barrasso of SI, Owens acknowledged that he is happy with his spot right now. Not only is he the subject of WWE's latest Chronicle, but the SmackDown Superstar has been apart of an incredibly well-received angle that has allowed him to work with Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman and Jey Uso. When asked about his current position and what comes next, he had this to say:
"I’m happy with where I am now. People that have followed my career the way you have to understand that it’s a curse and a blessing for me to never be satisfied and always want more. I don’t think that will ever change, but I’ve gotten a lot better at taking things as they come and trying to enjoy the moment. When I was Universal Champion, I really didn’t take the time to enjoy that as much as I should have. I was always worried about what was happening next, or what was happening next week, or how we could make next week great. It’s a good mindset to have, but when you take it home and you’re constantly thinking about it, there is a point where it becomes a bit of a problem."
Owens also revealed his ultimate goal, which is to pay back the up-and-comers within the company.
"I’ve gotten a lot better at trying to not let things consume me the way they used to, but of course, I always want more. I want to be WWE Champion or become Universal Champion again, and there are WrestleMania moments and ones at the Royal Rumble that exist, and I want to do all those things. My ultimate goal is to pay back the up-and-comers the way certain veterans in WWE helped me when I first showed up. In order to do that, you’ve got to get to a level where just working with someone helps because of how you’re viewed as a superstar. Use John Cena as an example. John Cena was the face of the company for so long. If you worked with John Cena, you got something out of it just by being associated with him. It’s kind of the same with Roman and Randy Orton, as well. I’d love to get to the point where I can help somebody’s position in the company and how they’re viewed by the fans just by working with me."
Owens wants to do cool things for others in the same way that Mark Henry helped him during his first few years in WWE. He realizes, though, that to do that and get yourself to that level, you need to win titles and be in big matches consistently.
Owens took on Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at TLC. You can see Fighful's coverage of the event by clicking here.
Fightful's Sean Ross Sapp also spoke with Kevin Owens. Their full discussion can be seen in the video above.