Kevin Owens discusses his time off.
In early October 2018, Kevin Owens underwent double knee surgery, keeping him sidelined for the rest of 2018 and the early portions of 2019. In February, WWE began running video packages promoting the return of Owens. In the videos, Owens was seen spending time with his kids as he was being portrayed as the "father next door." You can view one of the vignettes in the video above.
Speaking to CBS Sports, Owens revealed that those videos weren't too far from the truth of what he did while he recovered from surgery.
"I mean, this is no surprise to anyone who knows me or has been following me for the last decade, really, I spend as much time as I can with my kids and my wife," Owens said. "We live in Orlando now and they love theme parks, so I saw every theme park in Orlando so many times during these months off. Besides that and rehabbing and actually getting the tattoos that I've been waiting for several years to get done, I really didn't do much. I really just concentrated all the time on getting my knees better and enjoying the family the way I don't really have the opportunity to enjoy them on a consistent basis, you know, when I'm on the road and I'm on the grind."
Owens returned to television on Feb. 26, being introduced by Vince McMahon as the replacement for Kofi Kingston at WWE Fastlane. Owens would enjoy a short run as a babyface before turning heel on Kingston and The New Day, setting up a WWE Title match between the two at WWE Money in the Bank on May 19.