Kevin Owens has opened up on his decision to re-sign with WWE after speculation that the former Universal Champion might follow others out of the company.
According to Fightful Select, the former Kevin Owens has signed a new “multi-year” contract with WWE. The report also states WWE made an “excellent offer” to the ‘Prizefighter’ in order to retain his services, and WWE sources said the company was “overjoyed” that Owens would be staying with them.
Another statement in the report confirms that many within AEW believed the company couldn’t realistically match what WWE would offer – but it was emphatically stated that was merely speculation on the part of individuals while Owens was still under contract.
It was later reported on Wrestling Observer Radio that Owens has signed a three-year deal with the company that could be worth $2-3 million per year to the former NXT Champion.
Speaking to Les Anti-Pods de la Lutte, Owens revealed why he made the decision to stay with WWE rather than follow former WWE Superstars like Bryan Danielson and Adam Cole in joining AEW.
“I’ll just say that my contract still ends on January 31, but not 2022. I will still be in WWE for several years, The decision was pretty easy because it was the best thing for my family, really. When it comes to that, it’s always a pretty easy decision to take. WWE has been my home for seven years now, so I have a sense of belonging.”
“Basically, I spent the majority of my career here. When you look at all the wrestling companies I’ve wrestled for, in WWE, that’s where I’ve been the longest. That’s where I need to be for the next few years. That’s how I felt and that’s the decision I made.”
Kevin Owens will challenge for Big E’s WWE Championship in a Fatal Four-Way match that includes Seth Rollins and Bobby Lashley at Day One on New Year’s Day 2022.
H/T to PWInsider for the above transcription.