Kevin Owens Says Vince McMahon Told Him He Forgot To Enjoy His Universal Title Run

Kevin Owens reflects on not truly enjoying his first run as Universal Champion.

Once upon a time, Kevin Owens was an unlikely name to be considered for a run with a major WWE World Championship. However, by 2016, Owens was not only being given the first real run with the WWE Universal Championship but was legitimately handed the title on-air by WWE Hall of Famer, Triple H.

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Kevin would go on to hold the championship from August 2016 through February 2017, when he lost the title to Bill Goldberg at WWE Fastlane. Now, he is looking back and realizing that he wasn't able to enjoy the run as much as he probably should have.

Speaking with talkSPORT, Kevin Owens recalled Vince McMahon himself, along with legends like Shawn Michaels and Triple H, saying that Kevin forgot to enjoy the ride as WWE Universal Champion.

“I was just too focused on trying to make it good, make it better, make it as good as it can be and I really, really didn’t enjoy it the way I should have,” Owens admitted.

“My wife was instrumental in making me realize that. My parents as well, even guys like Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and even Vince McMahon himself, they’ve all told me that it seemed like I forgot to enjoy this part of things and if you’re not going to enjoy being the champion, then what are you going to enjoy in this industry? I’d love to be able to get back there just so I can enjoy it properly, but we’ll see. All I can do is do my best to stay in that story and hopefully I get to take it from Roman or somebody else in the future.”

Kevin Owens had a few chances at the end of 2020 to take the title from Roman Reigns but was unsuccessful.

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