Kevin Owens can't enjoy moments.
While he wasn't the first WWE Universal Champion, Kevin Owens was the first man to hold the WWE Universal Title for more than 24 hours. Owens won the title in a fatal four-way bout on Raw after it was vacated by Finn Balor, who suffered a shoulder injury at SummerSlam 2016. Owens held the title for 188 days before losing the strap to Goldberg.
Speaking to Lilian Garcia on Chasing Glory, Owens revealed how he never enjoyed being Universal Champion.
"It's hard to value or realize the impact we have on fans in the moment. I barely appreciate the moments as they go by. My wife would tell me, 'You are the Universal Champion, and I've never seen you more stressed.' I look back and think, 'I would have done things different as Universal Champion if it were up to me.' But ultimately, I was still the Universal Champion. But I honestly don't remember enjoying it, which sucks."
Owens continued, saying he got some good advice from Shawn Michaels and Vince McMahon on learning to enjoy the moments a little bit more.
"I spoke with Shawn Michaels the night after Bobby Lashley took me out on TV and I was going in for surgery. I was telling him how I was looking forward to the time off, not really to heal my knees, but to heal my head, mentally," recalled Owens. "He told me, 'I was kinda like you where I took everything home, and I was obsessed with this stuff. Trust me now when I tell you, I wish it wasn't that way.' During those five months off, I tried to assess how I'm going to come back and enjoy the moments I get. I had a talk with Vince around that period too and I told him, 'I'm never happy because I always want more.' He said, 'It's okay to want more but you've got to find a way to be happy.'"
Despite the advice, Owens continues to want more in WWE. On the same podcast, he talked about being a bigger part of the show even though he's already featured on both Raw and SmackDown. You can view his comments by clicking here.