“I Was So Worried” – Kevin Owens Reveals Why He Never Enjoyed His First World Title Reign

Published 12/20/2020, 6:30 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 23: Kevin Owens and Cesaro battle it out at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)


Kevin Owens is getting ready to face ‘Tribal Chief’ and Universal Champion, Roman Reigns at the eponymous TLC match at the upcoming pay-per-view on Sunday. KO already declared on Friday that he will either win the title or die trying.

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Although Owens previously won the title in 2016, he did not enjoy the reign as much as he could have. In a recent snippet from WWE Chronicle: Kevin Owens special, KO revealed that he was burdened with responsibilities.

It matters. For me because of my first Universal title run, I really didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have,” Owens said reflecting on the run. “You know when I was in the middle of it, I would always think, ‘We could’ve done this differently’, and ‘We should’ve done that differently’.

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“And then it was over. And I was like, ‘Man’. Looking back, a few months removed or even a year, it took me a while to realize that I really didn’t enjoy any of it.”

Owens won the title in a fatal four-way match on Raw. He defeated Big Cass, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins with an assist from Triple H. The initial champion Finn Balor had to vacate the title within 22 hours due to an injury.

Kevin Owens felt constant pressure as a champion

As we mentioned earlier, Owens was the first proper champion to the title. He debuted on the main roster in 2015. Before that, he was very popular in NXT and won the NXT Championship.

Hence, he felt constant pressure to stay relevant. “It happens to everyone here as there’s so much talent, so many really great performers and there’s only that much TV time.”

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 23: Kevin Owens celebrates his victory over Cesaro at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015, in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)

Back in his first world title reigns, Owens “was so worried about trying to make it great, which you know, is a good worry to have. It’s a worry anybody should have. I think it was also a curse because I just couldn’t keep things in perspective.”

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“But you know, if you’re passionate about what you do, you kind of can’t help but care too much, I think. I don’t think that’s always a bad thing. It’s not always a good thing either,” Owens concluded.

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Indeed, it does not get better than fighting Reigns. Kevin Owens is ready to take the opportunity and prove himself again.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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