Kevin Owens Present At RAW Tapings, Despite Not Being On Television
Kevin Owens returned to Monday Night RAW early July, following a brief hiatus from the company due to concerns regarding COVID-19.
Despite him not being on the the show for the past two weeks, Owens was at the Monday Night RAW tapings on July 20.
According to Dave Meltzer in the latest edition of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Kevin Owens was originally scheduled to appear, but was taken out due to changes made in the script.
It appears WWE left him off the episodes due to them wanting to do injury angles with Aleister Black on both shows. The thought is if Kevin Owens was seen on television, he could have done run-ins to save Black from the attacks.
Even though he wasn’t on the last two shows, Owens was at the Raw tapings on 7/20. He had been written into the original shows but with all the changes made, they decided not to use him. I think the key was that since they wanted to do injury angles with Black on both shows, the feeling was that Owens would theoretically have to do run-ins to attempt to break those up and they didn’t feel the need to sacrifice him in angles like that
In June, Kevin Owens alerted WWE on his decision to not to attend television tapings in light of the recent positive COVID-19 case in the company.
Owens returned during the July 3(air date July 6) RAW tapings, following a meeting with Vince McMahon, informing him he didn’t feel health precautions within the Performance Center were taken seriously. Following their meeting, WWE implemented a mandatory mask policy.