Kevin Owens has made no secret of his desire to return to NXT, but talks had gotten further than most may think according to Owens.

Speaking to CBS Sports, Owens revealed that he discussed going back to NXT with Vince McMahon, but things stalled and he remained on Raw and SmackDown.

"For a while there, it looked like I was going to head back to NXT. I had even discussed it with Vince McMahon and stuff like that. I was excited about it. I don't know if it would have been a long or short term thing. I've been vocal about wanting to go back there because I'd love to help make it grow even more and help make it as big as it can get and make it so we have three brands people know about. I would love for people to be just as aware of NXT as they are about Raw and SmackDown. I would have loved to be a part of that, but some decisions were made that I had to stay put on Raw and SmackDown. That's fine, but I would love the chance to go back," he said.

"I talk to Triple H pretty regularly and we bring it up once in a while. It's just about timing. There's a lot of opportunities. The landscape of WWE is changing quite a bit through this situation and I think it's going to keep evolving. The ideal scenario for me would be for NXT to be viewed as a third brand, and if it's not already, it's pretty close. I'd love to be a part of anything. I love to contribute to SmackDown, to Raw, to NXT. I just want to go where I'm needed and try to make a difference."

Owens did return to the gold brand at NXT TakeOver: WarGames III as the surprise partner for Tommaso Ciampa, Dominik Dijakovic, & Keith Lee against Undisputed ERA. Team Ciampa was victorious in the bout.

Owens is currently a featured star on WWE Raw. On the latest episode of Raw, Owens picked up a victory over Seth Rollins.

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