For all that he plays the consummate bully on WWE programming, few can deny that Kevin Owens is one of the most steadfastly loyal guys in the business, and seems to enjoy making friends in real life as much as he enjoys destroying them on TV. So, it should come as no surprise that over the course of their time in NXT, Kevin Owens and Finn Balor became close friends, making Balor’s injury at SummerSlam difficult for Owens to watch. On the most recent episode of Chris Jericho’s podcast, Owens talked about his feelings after Balor got hurt, and how conflicted he was about taking his friend’s spot at Universal Champion.
“It was really heart-wrenching because, so, I saw him get hurt. I knew he was hurt. Yeah, but I didn’t know it was serious because he kept going like nothing happened. And then, he won the title and I got emotional because we’re very close friends. Yeah, it was really heart-wrenching to see, but I feel like, at the same time, it’s kind of like what I told Rollins once he hurt his knee: ‘You never lost the title. You’re going to come back stronger than ever. People are going to be so excited for you to be here. There is a silver lining, as hard as it is to see for now.’”
“When I heard, officially, that he was relinquishing the title, obviously, that opens a door and I was like, ‘Well, I’m going to kick that door [in].’ You know what I mean? ‘I’m going to kick that door in.’ I don’t know. So it was very conflicting emotions, but I think what made me feel better about the whole thing, because when I won the title, he [was] one of the first people that I thought of. Like, I thought of my wife, my kids, my parents, my grandfathers who died before they could see me wrestle in WWE, but I thought of [Finn] too, who was at home. I honestly had to hold back throwing up the ‘Too Sweet’ for him just as a little wink, but I came back, I talked to my wife, I talked to my parents, and then I FaceTimed him. And to see his smile and how happy he was, and even his parents were there too and they were all happy, it just made me feel so much better. Do you know what I mean because we all know, eventually, he’ll come back.”
Of course, if any of this sappy emotional stuff is mentioned on TV, we expect he’ll deny it.
Interview transcripts courtesy of WrestlingInc.com