We all knew this, sure, but in an interview with Montreal Canadiens Magazine, KO elaborated:
Triple H has never hidden that he’s been one of your biggest fans since you arrived in the organization. What has your relationship with him been like since you signed with the WWE?
KO: He hired me. When I got my chance to be called up to the pros, the story I heard was that four or five people had a say in the decision. The vote was tied at two, and Triple H cast the deciding ballot. He gave me my chance. I appreciated that he was willing to risk signing me even though I’m not the typical WWE wrestler. Since I started working with him, we’ve become a lot closer. He helps me as much as he can for shows – like he does with everyone – but we both have young kids at home and we talk about a lot of other things that have nothing to do with wrestling. The fact that he’s in my corner is what counts. I watched him fight when I was younger. I went to the Bell Centre to see him live. He’s the one who motivated me.
That’s really awesome. Thank you, Triple H. Your influence has been responsible for some of the best programming that the WWE has recently had to offer.
Owens also had this to say, when asked which former star, if any, he would want to face in a match.
If you had the chance to face any former WWE star, who would it be and why?
KO: It would have to be Shawn Michaels, for sure. He’s the reason I became a wrestler, ever since his fight against Diesel at WrestleMania XI, when I was just 11 years old. At the time, I was actually really small for my age, and Michaels fought Diesel, who was a monster compared to him. After watching his performance, I thought if he can do it, why can’t I? Obviously over the years I’ve gained weight, I’ve grown up and I’m no longer the same type of wrestler that Shawn Michaels was. (laughs)
If you’re interested, click HERE for the full interview. It’s a phenomenal read.
FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Courtesy of WWE.com.