Kevin Owens gave himself six months to make WWE main roster

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It's been quite a couple of years for Kevin Owens.

He's gone from the NXT Champion to the United States Champion and is now the longest reigning Universal Champion the company has ever had.

Alright there has only ever been two, and the first was Finn Balor who had to relinquish the title due to injury, but it's still been a couple of years to remember for KO.


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Owens made his debut in NXT back in December 2014, moving him and his family to Florida in order to try and make it with the WWE.

Speaking to Slam Sports about his career so far, Owens admitted that everything has moved so fast for him, going back to his NXT days and his time now as the Universal Champion.

Owens made the decision to move his family to Florida in August 2014, four months before he made his debut with NXT.

During the interview, Owens revealed all about why it took him so long to debut for the developmental programme, and he also revealed that he told his wife he'd be promoted to the main roster within six months of being on NXT.

Lo and behold, Owens made his debut December 2014, and then made his main roster debut May 2015, five months after his NXT bow.

Speaking about his career, Owens said: “It’s hard to say that I didn’t see it happening. Nobody can really predict that things would go this fast, right? But I remember when my wife and I moved to Florida, with our kids, in August of 2014.

"I was told, ‘You’re going to be held off NXT for a couple of months because we already have Hideo [Itami] and Finn [Balor] debuting, we don’t want all you guys debuting at the same time.’ I’m like, ‘That’s fine.’ My wife, she was more than willing to move to Florida, but obviously leaving our families behind was a tough choice.

"So we were discussing what we were going to do if you ever — at this point was just if, it wasn’t even when, because when I was hired I was told, ‘Don’t get your hopes up for Raw and SmackDown, you’re going to get a chance in NXT, but who knows what’s going to happen’ — get called up to the main roster.

"Are we going to stay in Florida or are we going to move back to Montreal? What’s easier for Owen and his school?

"I said, ‘Well, honestly, I feel like once I start on NXT,’ I told my wife, which is a very bold statement to make, but I said, ‘Give me six months and I’m going to be on the main roster.’ And she was like, ‘Well, that would be nice, but.’ I’m not saying like if that happens then we can move back to Montreal because Owen will only have been away a year, he’ll still have his friends at his other school, he could just pick up right where he left off.

"Lo and behold, six months later, I started in December in NXT and in May I was on the main roster.

"In a weird way, I predicted it. I don’t know how, but I was dead on. I remember thinking sooner rather than later I’m going to be WWE champion. I didn’t have a precise timetable for it like I did with the NXT call-up thing, but I really did think it was going to come sooner than later, and here we are.

"I guess that’s just faith in myself and my ability. As far as an explanation why it did happen, I don’t know. Obviously somebody somewhere likes what I do, and that’s good enough for me.”

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