During an appearance on Corey Graves’ podcast, Kevin Owens talked about his appearance at NXT Takeover: War Games: 

“It’s been a constant throughout the last few years that any time I hear anybody at NXT getting injured or for some reason not being able to make a show, whether it’s a storyline or not, I always send Triple H a text like, ‘Hey, if you need somebody, I’m here. Hahahahaha.’ We always have that little insider joke, and so the same thing happened when I heard that Garganowas off of TakeOver,” Owens recalled. “I immediately texted him saying, ‘I hear Johnny’s out. I’m available.’ And then this time the answer was, ‘Well actually, that’s a possibility. I’m looking into it.’ I was like, ‘Oh s–t, alright.’ And then he called me in the middle of my European tour a couple of weeks ago and let me know that it was going to happen.” 

“I guess I was sitting on it for a week and a half; we didn’t tell anybody. I’m astonished it didn’t get out because especially that day, we didn’t take any precautions to try to keep it secret,” Owens said. “I was just walking around with the guys and I was just there, like, I was just another NXT guy. So that fact that it didn’t somehow leak that I was going to be in the match was a nice surprise because I don’t know what it is about our industry and where we work that makes everybody want to tell everybody everything.”

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