Kevin Owens has silenced rumors of his future by announcing that he has renewed his contract with WWE for the next three years. The official announcement came after a few weeks of speculation, in which there were also rumors of his possible arrival in All Elite Wrestling.
Day 1, the first pay-per-view of 2022, will see the Canadian storm the WWE Championship in a 'Fatal Four-Way Match' Seth Rollins and Bobby Lashley will also take part in the dispute. A single match between Big E and Seth Rollins was originally planned, but the 'Prizefighter' managed to manipulate 'The Architect' by entering the title race.
In the latest episode of Monday Night Raw, Lashley was added to the match after beating Big E, Owens and Rollins. As part of his now-famous podcast, former WWE manager Jim Cornette commented on KO's choice to stay in Vince McMahon's federation.
Jim Cornette reflects on Kevin Owens
"My opinion is that the sirens of All Elite Wrestling weren't as tempting as the amount of money Vince McMahon offered him to stay in WWE," Jim Cornette analyzed. “I think the choice of Kevin Owens was all in all correct.
WWE couldn't afford to let another star go to AEW. Knowing the situation very well, KO 'snatched' a very convenient agreement from the company from an economic point of view. Even if he is unhappy in WWE in the next few years, he will certainly get paid well,” he added.
Dutch Mantell echoed: “Owens has been in WWE for several years, which is why he got used to that system and that environment. It must be understood that the neighbor's grass is not necessarily greener than yours. WWE will never fail, despite all the rumors that have been circulating for months.
I don't think All Elite Wrestling will fail either, but it doesn't offer you the same chances as WWE in the long run. Plus, Vince McMahon's company has far more influence in Hollywood and the advertising industry than AEW."
There have been multiple reports suggesting that Owens' WWE contract expires in January 2022. It looks like Owens has chosen not to renew his WWE contract. Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful Select, the first to break the news on Kevin Owens' contract, also confirmed Meltzer's report that KO's deal expires on January 31, 2022.
Multiple WWE Superstars such as Jon Moxley, Adam Cole, and Daniel Bryan chose not to renew their WWE contracts and join AEW instead. So it is imaginable that Kevin Owens might become All Elite if he doesn't renew his contract.