Kevin Owens has provided further details on the nixed plans that would’ve seen him make an extended return to WWE NXT in 2019.
Owens did technically make an NXT return that year at the NXT TakeOver: WarGames III event as he had a one-night comeback by being the mystery partner for Tommaso Ciampa, Donovan Dijak, and Keith Lee in the men’s WarGames Match.
Last October, the former NXT Champion stated in an interview that he was set to make a return to the brand, but didn’t elaborate on if it would be a full-time thing.
While speaking with TalkSport, Owens stated the return was supposed to be before WarGames. Vince McMahon nixed the plans after signing off on it because he didn’t want Owens away from the main roster for an extended amount of time.
“Before I did the War Games return, there were concrete plans for me to go back to NXT for an extended period before coming back to the main roster,” Owens said. “At the time Paul Heyman was in charge on Raw and those were just plans we had and Vince [McMahon] had signed off on all of them and, eventually, he changed his mind and nothing happened. That’s all it comes down to – what he says goes. It wasn’t something I had just floated about, it was a plan that was going to happen and they just went in a different direction.”
Owens just turned heel on Monday’s episode of Raw by attacking WWE Champion Big E. Owens’ WWE deal expires in January and there’s a lot of speculation that he’s headed to AEW.