WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens recently spoke with USA Today to promote Sunday’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view event.
On his rivalry with Sami Zayn:
“I don’t think there’s any way that we won’t find our way back to each other eventually. I feel like me and Sammy Zayn at WrestleMania is something that needs to happen eventually. There’s plenty of things that can still happen between the two of us and that will happen, I’m sure. I don’t think it’s over by a long shot.”
On AJ Styles and himself not going through WWE developmental system:
“I think for A.J. and I both, if we had taken another route, I don’t know that we would have been as successful as we’ve been in WWE,” he said. “I think the career path we took was instrumental in getting us to be who we are now as performers, as wrestlers, and getting to be so successful so quickly once we got here. But there’s many ways to make it to WWE. Our career path isn’t necessarily the only way or even the best way, but for us and the kind of performers we are, there was really no other way. For us, there was no other option. This is how it had to be.”
On his friendship with Chris Jericho:
“We always got along, but I don’t know that we were that close. The more we appeared together on RAW, the closer we grew, and we’re really good friends now. I always had a lot of respect for him, not only because he’s one of the biggest WWE superstars of the last decade, but also because he’s Canadian and I’m Canadian. There’s a almost like an unspoken bond that just kind of happened naturally when you’re from the same place and that bond also comes from having a similar career path to make it to WWE.”