Kevin Owens has been in the news this week for persuading WWE Chairman Vince McMahon to instigate a mask wearing policy at WWE TV tapings.
It seems that isn’t the only thing Owens and McMahon have been discussing.
In a recent conversation with CBS Sports, Owens revealed that he had recently come close to a return to NXT, the brand where he began his WWE career back in 2015.
KO went into detail about how close his return to the black and yellow came:
“I think Triple H touched on it in the past in some interviews. 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.”
Of course, Owens made a one night return to the brand last November where he teamed with Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee and Dominic Dijakovic to take on The Undisputed Era in a War Games match at an NXT Takeover of the same name.
On the possibility of going back in the future 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.”
Kevin Owens is clearly one of WWE’s most dependable stars that can add enormously to the product as a face or a heel. If he were to head back to NXT for a stint, it could only be to the benefit of WWE’s Wednesday night staple.