In a sneak peek of his Chronicle episode, which is available now on the WWE Network, Owens discusses the fight to remain relevant and unveils the regrets he has about his 2016-2017 run with the belt.
When asked by a producer if it matters to be champion again, Owens replied with the following:
"It matters. For me, because my first Universal title run I really didn't enjoy it as much as I should have. When I was in the middle of it I would always think "ah, we could've done this differently and we should have done that differently," and then it was over. Looking back, obviously, a few months removed or even a year, it took me a while to realize that I really didn't enjoy any of it. I was so worried about trying to make it great, which is a good worry to have, it's a worry anybody should have. I think it was also a curse because I just couldn't keep things in perspective. But, you know, if you're passionate about what you do you kind of can't help but care too much, I think. I don't think that's always a bad thing. It's not always a good thing either. All that to say that being a champion is important, I think."
Owens is scheduled to face Roman Reigns tomorrow at TLC. Last night on SmackDown, K.O. was assaulted three times by the champion and Jey Uso but ended the night showing resilience, proclaiming that he will win the title or die trying.
Fightful's Sean Ross Sapp recently spoke with Kevin Owens. The full interview can be seen here.
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