Kevin Owens choose to sign a new multi-year contract with WWE despite widespread belief he would join AEW when his deal expires. That doesn’t mean the higher ups in the Boston-based wrestling promotion are not happy with his decision to stay with his current employer.

Owens, 37, recently renewed his contract with WWE. He signed a multi-year deal with the Stamford-based wrestling promotion. His previous contract was set to expire in January 2022.

According toFightful, several people within the AEW including those who had previously gone public about wanting Owens to jump ship in 2022 are happy with his decision to stay with WWE.

Fightful also spoke to several involved with AEW, including a couple that had been open about wanting Owens to make the jump. Most everyone was happy for him and believed that AEW would be on the table whenever his deal was up, and it was said that he maintains good relationships with many people there. One AEW source stated that “anyone who knows Kevin knows his priorities are with his family first, so you have to be happy for him.”

It was previously reported that WWE had expressed great interest in retaining Owens and made him an offer that AEW couldn’t match. Owens is set for a fatal-four way match against reigning WWE Champion Big E, Bobby Lashley and Seth Rollins at the upcoming Day 1 PPV event.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 2000. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved The Rock taking on The McMahon-Helmsley faction in 2000. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym.  Manik is also a big of rock bands including Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Breaking Point, and Skillet. His current favorite wrestler is Kazuchika Okada and his favorite wrestler of all time is The Rock.

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