Kevin Owens, a former WWE Universal Champion, was a guest on E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness hosted by Edge and Christian and was asked about his universal title run, but he wasn't as positive as you'd think.
Owens admitted that he thought that becoming the Universal Champion would help propel him into the next tier of wrestlers in the WWE.
“To me I thought that was it. I am the Universal Champion and this is going to solidify me as the top guy that I have always wanted to be. But I don’t think it really did. It didn’t turn out to be what I was hoping- it didn’t turn out to be this thing that would make me a top guy, the way like I felt that it would," said Owens, via ewrestlingnews.com.
We can understand Owen's disappointment since he wasn't ever treated as a big deal while holding the title. Still, his title reign was the second longest in the championship's history, though that isn't saying much considering the two title holders before him had the belt for less than a month each.
It wasn't Owens' first time holding a championship though. He has also held the Intercontinental Championship twice and the United States Championship three times. But after being promoted from NXT in 2015, there is still much for him to prove.
Owen's WWE career started off with a bang after responding to John Cena's United States open Championship by challenging him. Instead of Owens wrestling Cena, he attacked him and stomped on the United States Championship belt as a way to disrespect him.
Owens then ended up wrestling Cena at Elimination Chamber, in a non-title match and defeated Cena by pinfall. Once Owens moved from Raw to SmackDown, he ended up having a feud with AJ Styles that never caught on like WWE would have liked. So that certainly didn't help him as a wrestler.
Owens is receiving some respect from ESPN now that he's taken the top spot of their WWE power rankings.
Here's what Sean Coyle of ESPN wrote about Owens:
Kevin Owens is doing the best work of his career right now. He has become the most valuable asset in the WWE and the company's top heel. Coming off one of the better builds to a match we've seen this year with Shane McMahon, including a moment in the spotlight with the boss, Vince McMahon, the Hell in a Cell match lived up to the hype. Most of Owens' matches do. The scary thing is that he seems to be getting better with each passing week. (Sean Coyle)
Coyle is right when it comes to Owens. He's WWE's top heel and has been brilliant with his recent feud with Shane and Vince McMahon. This could ultimately be the story that puts him over the top within the WWE.
While Owens doesn't have a title belt right now, as long as he continues to show how talented he is every week, there's no doubt he'll hold gold again in WWE.
Comment below and tell us whether you think Owens is the best wrestling with WWE right now. Also what are your thoughts on him being the top heel within the company?