After a long time in the background Kevin Owens is positioned to fight for the WWE Championship on Day 1. He’s not expected to clinch the title but at least he’s getting a shot at the height of his talent. The Canadian native has had a great career as a Superstar, when he leaves the company nothing else can be said.
Both in NXT and in the main cast. This second adventure after conquering the then yellow mark got off to a great start: by beating John Cena in Elimination Chamber 2015. Although backstage caused annoyance that came to Raw to attack the 16-time World Champion and trample the United States Championship.
«I was on the tour and there was a lot of animosity. He didn’t have many friends. I was traveling alone and then what happened with John Cena happened. That tends to annoy some people.«.
► The transition from NXT to Raw by Kevin Owens
But now we look back to that time not to deal with a negative but a positive question: how his time at NXT helped prepare him for such a challenge at your first chance after being promoted. It has been the same KO who has revealed it while speaking recently in Rebellious Noise. It also highlights Dusty Rhodes.
“NXT was instrumental in preparing me to appear even if I was there for a short time. It made me feel ready to step up like I did when I appeared on Raw with the biggest spotlights, with Cena there, so I am very happy that I had the time I had in NXT to prepare myself mentally and feel confident with my abilities to do so.
I got to spend time there with Dusty Rhodes, and Dusty was amazing at making people feel like they could actually achieve anything. It was a great tool to have it when I started here.
Owens also remembers his return to the yellow brand in 2019 for fight in NXT TakeOver: WarGames:
“It was actually in 2019, believe it or not. He really didn’t need much convincing. All it took was a call from Triple H. Triple H has been amazing for me, my career and my life. Whenever you need something from me, I’ll be there. He asked me if I wanted to be a part of WarGames. I didn’t even know what the match was and I said, ‘Absolutely.’ I loved NXT. I spent very little time on NXT and I really loved my time there so it was a no-brainer for me to get the chance to come back, even if it was for one night. “.
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Kevin Owens recalls his transition from NXT to Raw and John Cena