Kevin Owens reveals that there were plans for him to return to the black and gold brand of WWE in 2019.
Kevin Owens has never been shy about his fondness for NXT. WWE's resident “Prizefighter” spent a brief time in NXT from December of 2014 until the summer of 2015 when he was quickly called up to Monday Night Raw and began feuding with John Cena.
At NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2019, Kevin Owens did appear in the WarGames match but the very next night was representing Monday Night Raw on Survivor series and began a long-running rivalry with Seth Rollins on that Monday's episode of Raw.
Ahead of the 2020 WWE Draft, Kevin spoke to Bleacher Report about plans that fell through for him to return to the brand last year.
"Last year at some point, I was going back to NXT," he said. "It was all in motion and it was going to happen, and then it didn't. To say that's a thought that crossed my mind would be an understatement, but I would tell you right now that that's not the case anymore. That's just not where I'm at anymore. Now, I want to be on Raw or be on SmackDown and just fight like hell to create some memorable moments for everybody. That's all I want at this point."
Triple H has always discussed being open to Talent returning to NXT as long as it is the best fit for all parties involved. Finn Balor, Tyler Breeze, and Ember Moon are all in the process of reinventing themselves back on the black and gold brand.
Unfortunately, NXT is not included in the WWE Draft this year, but Kevin Owens is excited about the prospect of new matchups for the new fall season of WWE.
"I think it's that chance to hopefully get that opportunity to get a fresh start," he said. "I don't know what it is about me. I feel like I give it my all, I deliver every time I'm on the air, but for some reason, I feel like I always end up in a situation where I could always use a fresh start after a little while. I always try my best to do that, so it always helps to get a new platform. Here I am again one year later, and last year, I was so desperate to move to Raw and I got moved to Raw. Now, I'm pretty desperate to move to SmackDown because, for some reason, I don't feel like things are working out for me on Raw. Maybe it'll be better on SmackDown. But at this time last year, I didn't think things were working out for me on SmackDown and thought Raw was maybe the place."
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