Report: How Kevin Owens Viewed Possible AEW Interest Revealed
The new contract was also behind Owens' renewed push
While Kevin Owens had previously teased joining AEW after it emerged his WWE contract was set to expire on January 31, 2022, the former Universal Champion opted to remain with WWE and he recently re-signed with the company on a reported three-year deal for $2-3 million per year.
A report from Fightful Select noted that AEW talent they spoke to thought Tony Khan's company would have been interested in signing Owens, but they wouldn't "realistically match" what WWE would offer the 37-year-old to re-sign.
Kevin Owens reportedly shared a similar view as Dave Meltzer noted in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that KO "wanted to listen to both sides" but The Prizefighter didn't think AEW would match WWE's offer, the terms of which he didn't want to leak.
Meltzer also noted that Owens re-signed with WWE "some time back", which is why he has received a renewed main event push on Monday Night Raw. Owens has been prominent within the WWE Title picture in recent weeks and he will face Big E, Seth Rollins and Bobby Lashley for the gold at the Day 1 pay-per-view on January 1.
Speaking to Pat Laprade recently, Owens also revealed why he decided to re-sign with WWE, noting it was the best thing for his family.