Kevin Owens had a year that makes it really hard to get back to certain level from. Definitely a year that said “this is not a top guy”.
I think Owens can recover with a good angle and a face turn. CM Punk spent most of 2010 and the first part of 2011 as a jobber to the stars, losing damn near every big match he had and being made to look like a cowardly doofus at every turn. Then he cut that famous promo and turned face, and 2010 was erased. Owens can easily do the same.