It has been referred to as one of the biggest shocks on WWE TV this year, but Kevin Owens has revealed on a recent episode of The Talk Is Jericho podcast, that he only found out about his historic Universal Championship win a few hours before Raw went live.
Owens took on Big Cass, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins in a fatal-four-way elimination match for the vacant Championship a few weeks ago on Raw when Triple H made his dramatic return to WWE TV to help his new protege win his first World Championship with the company.
Owens also opened up about the respect he has for Triple H for taking a gamble on him, and not only helping him win the World Championship, but for signing him to the company despite him not fitting in with WWE's model.
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Triple H's return to WWE TV and his apparent turn on his former friend Seth Rollins is one of the reasons why this was a huge shock for many of the WWE Universe, but for Kevin Owens, he was just extremely thankful to Triple H for putting him in that spot in the company.
"It couldn't have been better, but not just for storyline purposes, the 'where do we go from here?', 'why did Triple H do it?', 'what's going to happen with Seth [Rollins] and Triple H?', this and that. It obviously opens a lot of doors for interesting stuff TV-wise.
"But for me personally, when you win the world title, people assume, 'oh, you probably want it to be this incredible battle where you claw, blood, sweat, and tears, and you just had this apparent moment.' Besides the fact that I'm a heel, Triple H got me here. He made the call to hire me. He made the call to take a chance on me because he hired somebody who wasn't a cookie cutter WWE Superstar. And there would have been a chance where somebody would have been like, 'you hired him? Are you kidding?"
Owens was signed to the company back in 2014 and became one of the biggest stars on the NXT roster before he turned on his best friend Sami Zayn and defeated him to become NXT Champion. Owens was then brought up to the main roster where he defeated John Cena in his first match and has since made a huge impact by being placed on Raw during the WWE draft.
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Owens went on to talk about the fact that he was made aware that he didn't fit in with the mould of a regular WWE superstar and was even told that he may not make it up to the main roster because of this, but despite that fact Triple H still believed in him.
"Even when I was hired, I was told by [WWE Senior Director or Talent Development] Canyon Ceman who called me to announce 'okay, we're going to sign you, but I was specifically told to tell you don't get your hopes up for RAW or SmackDown because you're not the typical WWE Superstar.
"You're going to have a chance in NXT just like everyone else.' So I said, 'oh, I'm up for the challenge' and he said, 'I figured that's what you were going to say'. That's how my career started here and then Triple H always obviously believed in me. That's why he signed me and he saw something in me."
Triple H was missing from last week's episode of Raw and the WWE Universe still await answers as to why Triple H turned on his former friend and what this means for the company going forward, but one thing is for sure, if Kevin Owens is the new protege of The Game, then the former NXT Champion is already ready to do anything for the man that gave him a stage.