Since his return earlier this year Kevin has seemed like a wannabe "main eventer" and this is not shot at Owens it's more a shot at WWE for not really knowing how to book him long term. It's almost like they didn't believe in the process so instead of running with him as a good guy and sticking to their guns they made the switch and burned through what could've been a great long term feud. Now look at where Owens is and who Kofi is feuding with next. No offense to Dolph Ziggler, but I think at this point a feud with Finn Balor would've been a better choice for the veteran. I still don't understand why Randy Orton wasn't picked to feud with Kofi as I believe they could a feud that taps into their past and includes a bit of realism.
Overall though Kevin Owens not going to Saudi Arabia may point to either his comfort level in WWE that he feels like he can decided without fearing a punishment or he knows that AEW gives him a fall back plan. Either way props to Kevin for saying no and I hope that the company can see how much of a talent they are waisting and maybe they can figure out the right way to work Kevin into the plans in a major way. We will have to see at this point though.