Kevin Owens says he cannot complain about the way Apollo Crews retained the Intercontinental Championship against him on SmackDown, because he utilised similarly underhanded tactics when he was a champion.
Owens faced Crews for the Title last week with Commander Azeez banned from ringside, only for Azeez to attack Owens before the match. This helped Crews to eventually retain the Championship.
Owens faced similar problems when trying to win the Universal Championship from Roman Reigns, but himself utilised help from the likes of Chris Jericho during his run with the belt.
It is because of this that Owens feels what is happening now is a form of karma.
Speaking on Talking Smack, Owens said: "There's no frustration. No, because you see, Apollo Crews, he's got the title -- If I was mad at Apollo Crews for the way he's handled things; if I was mad at Roman Reigns for the way he handled things when he and I were competing for the title, I'd be a really huge hypocrite because I did all that stuff when I was the champion. I had people help me, I had people fight my battles for me. I did a lot of underhanded sh*t to a lot of people.
"It's fine because Apollo and Roman, both those guys had a measure of success before they chose to go that route, but it was never like the success they're enjoying now. It's fine, I totally get it. Guess what, I deserve every single thing that's happened to me in the last year. I do. It's fine. I'll take the beatings, I'll take the frustration because ultimately the last year I got to spend it with my wife and my kids almost every day.
"But that's about to end now because we're going back on the road. That's when that stuff is going to become a problem. Because when that happens, I still get to go home and I see my wife and I see my kids right away and all that stuff disappears.
"But once I'm on the road, and I'm travelling, and I'm on airplanes, and I'm in cars, and I'm going to shows, and I'm away from my family, and the only thing that can make me feel better about not being with them is winning a title, carrying that title, being a representative of WWE and this stuff keeps happening to me, then we're going to have a problem."