Kevin Owens On How It Felt To Return To NXT For Wargames

Kevin Owens Returns 2019

During his appearance on “After The Bell”, Kevin Owens discussed how his return to NXT came about and how it felt to appear at Wargames. Here are the highlights:

On How He Felt About His Time In NXT:

It’s actually really hard to put into words and I’ve kind of been trying. Right after the show, they got me, Dijakovic, Keith Lee, and Tomasso to do a ‘.com’, little post-match thing. I had too much to say and I knew I couldn’t say it all because I couldn’t put my thoughts into words how great it felt to be out there in that environment. So, I kind of just said, ‘NXT, don’t ever change.’ And that’s really what I mean – I loved my time there and I had a really limited amount of time there. I was only on NXT television, as part of the NXT shows, I was only there about six months and then if you count the moment I got signed at the performance center until the time I got called up, that was ten months.

So, it was a very short amount of time. But while I was there, I really loved my time there. And I only got to do one TakeOver in a big arena like that. It was the first one in Brooklyn. So, to be able to do another one and experience it, and get the feel for it – obviously, Chicago was very kind to me. But even without that, being in the ring with those guys and a lot of them I have known for so long but I hadn’t wrestled in a while. It was just – man, I’m trying to find the words because just saying, ‘It was great!’ is really understating it.

On How His Return Came To Be:

It’s been a constant throughout the last few years that any time I hear anybody at NXT getting injured or for some reason not being able to make a show, whether it’s a storyline or not, I always send Triple H a text like, ‘Hey, if you need somebody, I’m here. Hahahahaha.’ We always have that little insider joke, and so the same thing happened when I heard that Gargano was off of TakeOver. “I immediately texted him saying, ‘I hear Johnny’s out. I’m available.’ And then this time the answer was, ‘Well actually, that’s a possibility. I’m looking into it.’ I was like, ‘Oh s–t, alright.’ And then he called me in the middle of my European tour a couple of weeks ago and let me know that it was going to happen.

On Being Surprised His Return Wasn’t Leaked:

I guess I was sitting on it for a week and a half; we didn’t tell anybody. I’m astonished it didn’t get out because especially that day, we didn’t take any precautions to try to keep it secret. I was just walking around with the guys and I was just there, like, I was just another NXT guy. So that fact that it didn’t somehow leak that I was going to be in the match was a nice surprise because I don’t know what it is about our industry and where we work that makes everybody want to tell everybody everything.

On Feeling Like Wargames Was His Wrestlemania Moment This Year:

When I walked on the stage, it brought me back to my first NXT show, Takeover against CJ Parker. And I remember doing my entrance, and walking out on stage, and kind of looking at Full Sail Arena, which is obviously a fraction of the size of All State [Arena]. But it had the same feel, the same excitement, I felt the same goosebumps and the same thrill. And I forget who I was telling this to but I didn’t get to do WrestleMania this year… Takeover really felt like WrestleMania. That day and even the week leading up to it, I was so excited. And then getting to do it and when I was in the ring – I guess that’s the best way to put it. For me, this was my WrestleMania this year. That’s how big it was.

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