Kevin Owens has been one of the WWE's top all-around performers for the last two and a half years. Two weeks ago, he defeated Shane McMahon in a highly-entertaining Hell in a Cell match, then formed a friendship with long-time rival Sami Zayn.
But last week, WWE.com reported that Owens was pulled from a pair of weekend shows in Argentina and Chile "due to personal reasons". Since then, details regarding his leave of absence have been scarce, though Owens did share this tweet regarding why he left the tour.
I’m not sick. I’m not hurt. My family needed me home. Thank you to @WWE & the fans in Argentina & Chile for their support and understanding.— Kevin Owens (@FightOwensFight) October 21, 2017
According to PWInsider.com, "there is no timetable for his return to action".
Owens isn't the only superstar to take a leave from the company. Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt both had to miss Sunday's TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view event due to a meningitis bug. Reigns was replaced in his match by Kurt Angle, while AJ Styles filled in for Wyatt. It was also reported last week that Nia Jax requested a leave of absence before Monday Night Raw to protest discontent with her pay, though many suggest wear and tear might be the reason on that end.
For Owens' case, it could be something more serious if it's due to personal reasons. It's common sense for the WWE to remain silent on the details while Owens settles everything back at home.
With Owens among the many superstars absent, Triple H returned to the ring against Rusev in a winning effort. He was also filmed "twerking" with The New Day, much to the delight of Stephanie McMahon and The Rock.
The WWE will have to simply wait it out and see what to do without Owens. It'll be interesting to see how they move forward with Sami Zayn completely devoid of his best friend for the time being. It could also affect Shane McMahon's inevitable return to television. It all may simply depend on when Owens returns to the ring.