Kevin Owens Talks His Recent Character Development: ‘I’ll Always Be a Fan’


Kevin Owens is in the midst of a major babyface turn on SmackDown Live. This Sunday, he will take on Shane McMahon and if he loses, he will leave the WWE.

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Kevin recently took part in a Q&A with Sports Illustrated when he discusses his recent character development, whether or not he wanted a segment with Steve Austin at RAW Reunion, and much more. Below are some highlights.

Kevin Owens talks about missing WrestleMania 35:

Missing WrestleMania was such a blow. I don’t think anybody can fault me for saying that. Anybody who misses WrestleMania and isn’t bothered by it probably needs to look at their priorities.
I don’t want to be so arrogant to say it was probably worse for me than it would have been for anybody else, but it was probably worse for me than it would be for anyone else. I’m really obsessed with this. It’s borderline not healthy.
WrestleMania is this thing that I get to share with my family, and this year we didn’t get that moment. And not being on WrestleMania just sucks. But what’s done is done, and it happened for reasons that were beyond my control. I would say it’s fine, but it’s not fine. It’s not fine with me. No one did anything wrong, but it didn’t sit well with me. I’m doing everything I can to never be left off any show that I feel I should be on ever again. That’s the attitude I’m going to take. If missing WrestleMania has taught me anything, it’s that I will survive—and I did survive.

Kevin Owens on wanting a RAW Reunion segment with Stone Cold Steve Austin:

That would have been great to be in the ring with him and have that experience. I know a lot of people were hoping for it, but the truth is I was at the SmackDown Live live event that night, and that’s always where I was supposed to be.
Steve did an interview after and said that’s not what he felt would have been the right move anyway, and I see his point and agree with him, but it would have been a thrill for me as the huge fan of his that I’ve always been. To share the ring with Steve would have been an honor.

Kevin Owens on why his babyface character is connecting with the crowd:

I actually cut that promo a week before to somebody in the locker room, and it got people talking enough that it ended up on TV the next week. It all came from gut instinct.
I’ll always be a fan. I know what I like watching, and I think I have a pretty good finger on the pulse of the audience today, and it all came from that.

Kevin Owens on if he has to hold anything back on the microphone when he’s working with a McMahon:

If I’ve learned anything from being here for the past five years, it’s that the McMahons are more than willing to let you go at them as hard as you want and they’ll come back at you as hard as they can. Everything is pretty much fair game. I’ve never been told to be careful, I’ve never been told to watch what I say. It’s all for the purpose of creating as good a story as possible.

To read the full Q&A, click here.

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