Kevin Owens opens up about his recent hiatus from WWE Submitted by Aaron Rift on 07/13/2020 at 02:39 PM
Kevin Owens did an interview with SI.com and addressed his recent hiatus from WWE:
"I hurt my ankle at WrestleMania so I needed time off, and then I came backóand then I went away again. I just felt like it was the right move for my family and I to sit out a few of the tapings of Raw and assess the COVID outbreak. We live in Orlando, so itís not just going to the Performance Center. Itís everywhere. We thought it was the right time to quarantine and practice safe guidelines. Last week, I saw the measures that the company was taking, from the testing to the splitting up the crews to make sure Raw and SmackDown wouldnít be there the same day, and sending out very clear very indications that masks were required unless we were in the ring.
A big part of this is my wife lost her grandfather to COVID. We make these decisions together. I donít want anything I do to make my wife uncomfortable when I get back home. I want to make sure that she feels safe and that my children are safe. Every decision I make, I make with her. She saw the efforts the company made, as well, and she said maybe it was time for me to go back to work because itís what I love to do. The company depends on me and there are a lot of fans that look forward to seeing me on TV every week, so weíre just trying to juggle everything. The family being safe, of course, but I also want to contribute to the shows. With her blessing, I went back. And what I observed gave me hope and gave me a sense of security.
Itís been brought upóat first, the masks werenít being taken seriously enough. Eventually, a fine system was implemented to make sure people took it seriously. That came from me. I thought that the masks werenít being worn seriously enough, so I went and talked to the people in charge. They immediately did what they could to remedy the situation. I donít blame anybody for the mask thing. Itís easy to forget how important those masks are. Some people just straight up believe that the masks donít make a difference, and thatís their belief. But if weíre all going to work together and weíre all trying to keep each other safe, I think it matters. If youíve had somebody in your family affected by this the way my family was, itís a lot easier to remember that these masks make a huge difference. These masks do make a difference, and I felt it was important for people to take that seriously. I was pleased that the company felt the same way and made sure to get the message out to everybody that this is a big deal. Thatís why, in the end, I decided to come back. I feel comfortable going back to work, and I feel as safe as I can be there."