Kevin Owens won a fatal 4-way match on the Aug. 29, 2016 episode of Monday Night Raw to become the Universal Champion for the very first time in his career.
Owens won the match thanks to help from Triple H, who attacked Seth Rollins and paved the way for him to capture the title. It was the start of a special main event run for Owens, who would go on to form a memorable "friendship" with WWE legend Chris Jericho.
The two worked alongside and helped one another retain their championship belts. Jericho and Owens feuded with both Rollins and Roman Reigns on different occasions. And when all was said and done, Owens had established himself as one of the top main eventers and heels on the WWE roster.
However, Owens later turned on Jericho and broke up the friendship. Thanks to a distraction from Y2J, Goldberg was able to defeat Owens at the 2017 Fastlane pay-per-view to win the Universal Championship. And with that, Owens' reign ended at 188 days, and he hasn't regained the title since.
But interestingly, K.O. appeared on the Chasing Glory podcast (h/t Ringside News), and revealed that he actually doesn't recall enjoying himself as the Universal Champion.
"Personally I barely appreciate the moments as they go by. Like my wife will tell me all the time, ‘You were the Universal Champion and I had never seen you more stressed’ and then now I look back and I think yeah I would have probably done things differently when I was Universal Champion if it had been up to me.
Some storylines would have been different or I would have done different things or I would have loved to have this match or stuff like that, but ultimately I was still Universal Champion and I don’t remember, I honestly don’t remember enjoying it which sucks."
After losing the Universal Championship to Goldberg, Owens continued his feud with Jericho - defeating the WWE icon at WrestleMania 33. They maintained the rivalry throughout the summer until Jericho left to tour with Fozzy again. Owens would move onto the United States Championship picture and clash with A.J. Styles briefly.
Owens has bounced around in different feuds ever since, having teamed up with real-life friend and former NXT rival Sami Zayn. The former went up against Kofi Kingston at Money in the Bank for his WWE Championship, but Owens failed to win the title.
What This Means
There were many WWE fans that thought Owens would continue to be a main eventer after his Universal Championship reign, but he's been kept at the mid-card. But if he wasn't enjoying himself as the Universal Champion, then there's no reason for WWE to put the belt back on Owens just yet.