Kevin Owens won his first WWE world title in 2016 thanks to his historic triumph at SummerSlam, the biggest pay-per-view of the summer. The Canadian superstar held the Universal Champion belt for about six months, before leaving it in the hands of Goldberg.
KO was the second ever wrestler to hold that title, after Finn Balor was forced to give it up due to a serious injury. During a lengthy interview with 'talkSPORT', the 'Prizefighter' admitted that he did not enjoy his titled reign due to a number of factors.
Owens also revealed that he would love to be in contention for the laurel once again and would not mind embarking on a new feud with current champion Roman Reigns.
Kevin Owens was the second Universal Champion
“I no longer care how my first reign as a Universal champion turned out” - said Kevin Owens with great clarity.
“Everything is bound to end at some point. In my case, at least there was a specific reason. It is not true that I was not doing a good job, which is one of the rumors circulating at the time. I would like to be champion again to fix things inside myself.
My mentality has changed a lot since I was champion. At that time, I didn't really enjoy it” - he added. Kevin has received a lot of authoritative advice on this: “I was so focused on trying to make my character as good as possible, that I forgot to savor every moment.
My wife was instrumental in making me understand, the same goes for my parents. Legends like Shawn Michaels, Triple H and even Vince McMahon himself told me that I was not enjoying the essence of wrestling and that sooner or later I would break out.
In fact, I wasn't enjoying myself as much as I used to. It would be a dream to go back there, at least I could enjoy it in the right way. I can only do my best to be able to guarantee myself another chance." Roman Reigns defended his Universal Championship against Kevin Owens at WWE TLC 2020 and at the 2021 WWE Royal Rumble.
The Tribal Chief also defeated Owens in a Steel Cage match on the Christmas Day 2020 episode of SmackDown. Owens’ latest comments come six weeks after he teased on Talking Smack that he could enter the 2021 Money in the Bank ladder match. Although the exact date of the pay-per-view has not been confirmed, it is expected to take place in June.