WWE NXT debuts on USA Network this week on Wednesday night. Ahead of the developmental brand’s move, Triple H took part in a media call to promote the big switch. One of the topics brought up was the speculation that Kevin Owens may return to NXT after Shane McMahon fired him on SmackDown. Head of NXT brand just fuelled up the same with his comments as we can now expect him on the new show.
As per Triple H, Kevin Owens is a great talent to represent NXT or the main roster. So it will be great for him to have the prizefighter back on the black-and-gold brand. Additionally, Hunter also noted Kevin Owens transforming back to the NXT roster could be a smoother process since there will not be any up or down movement from now. Rather there will be lateral movements between Raw, SmackDown or NXT,
“With FOX broadcast taking SmackDown and staying with our partners at USA and NBCU, those become two very competitive landscapes. I’m of the opinion that the NXT brand will continue to grow and I think that down the line, you will see. As much as I will say right now, NXT has grown to where it shouldn’t be referred to as a developmental brand even though we tend to debut newer stars.”
14th letter is N
24th letter is X
20th letter is T
I like where this is going.
— Pika Priest™️ (@PikaPriest) September 11, 2019
The first time, we thought of Kevin Owens heading into NXT was when he put on a tweet hinting the same. It was not just a cryptic tweet as per hints given by cagesideseats.com. The source hinted that there’s indeed a plan going on to use the former Universal Champion on the third brand of the WWE as it goes bigger from this Wednesday night,
“Kevin Owens may be teasing going to NXT, and there’s apparently been talk of an appearance on the debut show while he’s “fired” from SmackDown Live.”
Plus, PWInsider.com also reported the same in their latest report. They mentioned that Kevin Owens is in Orlando, Florida where the taping of the show will take place. We’ve still not received an update whether this NXT return is a long-term plan for Kevin Owens or a short stint to help the development brand’s talents with his main roster experience. Whatever the situation is, Owens will be a part of NXT’s plans for their USA Network debut.
Before this, Kevin Owens was the special guest referee for Shane McMahon’s match against Chad Gable, which was a King of the Ring semi-final. Owens failed to let Shane win the match, making him irate. So he did not think twice to fire him after the match in a shocking fashion. Things have taken drastic turns since then as it seems WWE intentionally did so just to use the loyal employee of the company in a different capacity, so to utilize him on NXT.