Kevin Owens Reveals Why He Didn’t Enjoy His Universal Championship Run
Kevin Owens’ lone Universal Championship run ended at Fastlane 2017.
At the time, Owens was a top main event star who looked destined for several major title reigns. Fast forward four years later, however, and WWE has yet to give Owens another run with the Universal Championship.
For many wrestling fans, it’s hard to understand. Owens cuts some of the best promos in the wrestling business. His in-ring work is nothing short of high quality. And his popularity with the WWE Universe remains high.
During an interview with Alex McCarthy of talkSPORT, Owens talked about his desire to win the Universal Championship again. Interestingly, it’s mostly because Owens didn’t actually enjoy his first run with the title.
“What I mean the most when I talk about I’d love to have another Universal title run to make things right is for myself,” Owens explained. “My mindset has changed a lot since I was champion and back then I didn’t take the time to enjoy any of it.
“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 revealed that his wife, his parents, Vince McMahon, Triple H and Shawn Michaels explained to him that he seemingly “forgot to enjoy” being the Universal Champion.
If he wins the Universal Championship again, Owens will make sure to actually enjoy it.
“I’d love to be able to get back there just so I can enjoy it properly, but we’ll see,” Owens explained. “All I can do is do my best to stay in that story and hopefully I get to take it from Roman (Reigns) or somebody else in the future.”
Owens won the Universal Championship in a fatal four-way elimination match on the Aug. 29, 2016 episode of Raw, thanks to interference from Triple H. The latter hit Seth Rollins with a Pedigree, allowing Owens to pin him for the title.
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Owens then began a partnership with WWE legend Chris Jericho, who played a major role in helping the former grow into a main event star.
However, Owens turned on Jericho during the “Festival of Friendship” celebration. At the Fastlane pay-per-view three weeks later, Jericho caused a distraction and helped Goldberg easily defeat Owens, thus ending his 188-day run as the champion.
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Owens has all of the tools required to be a perennial main event star. His recent program with Roman Reigns was nothing short of brilliant, and one could argue that Owens should have won the title off of him. He’s unlikely to return to a feud with Reigns any time soon, but hopefully Owens will find himself in the WWE or Universal Championship scene before long.