Sami Zayn has not wrestled a pay-per-view match that hasn’t included Kevin Owens since Zayn arrived on the main roster permanently back in March. The Intercontinental Championship ladder match at WrestleMania, Intercontinental Championship fatal four-way match at Extreme Rules, and the Money in the Bank ladder match on the show of the same name all included Owens. Sami Zayn’s two pay-per-view singles matches at Payback and Battleground also came against K-O.
Granted, the same could be said about Owens in regards to Zayn, but Owens has had significant programs with other WWE superstars before Sami Zayn, and now one after as well. Their match at Battleground was billed as the finality to their endless feud, but in a bizarre move, the two both went to RAW when it might have been much easier to place them on different shows for the brand extension.
Maybe even more puzzling is the fact that despite winning that Battleground grudge match last month, Sami Zayn is nowhere to be found on the SummerSlam card. Owens, meanwhile, is in the midst of one of the more entertaining feuds, teaming with Chris Jericho in an angle with Enzo & Big Cass. Zayn recently spoke with Myles Galloway to promote this Sunday’s event despite not having an advertised match. Natually, Zayn was asked what was next for him seeing how he’s been left out (thanks to WrestleZone for the transcription).
“Not a clue, not a clue… So much of my mental energy and physical energy was going into this rivalry with Kevin Owens, and that came to a head at Battleground. But that was right at the time of the brand split, so kind of coming out of that rivalry and going into the brand split, finishing with Kevin, I kind of, I don’t want to say I’m floating but I don’t really know where I’m going next. But ultimately I think it’s a great thing.”
Clearly, Sami was trying to put a positive spin on his current situation, but by watching the interview, you truly get the impression that he’s unsure where he stands in the eyes of WWE officials. The majority of fans and wrestling pundits ranked his Battleground bout with Owens as the best on the card, and yet here he stands in practical anonymity. We recently noted how Daniel Bryan might look to pilfer Zayn and put him on SmackDown Live if RAW has nothing for him.
It’s simply puzzling that on a night where the WWE will have more than six hours worth of coverage, Sami Zayn can’t find a place on the show. There’s even been talk that officials may add another bout to an already-stacked 11-match card, but the favorites to land that spot are most likely Darren Young and Titus O’Neil or Baron Corbin and Kalisto. To be fair, there has been time invested in those feuds, while Zayn has simply competed in singles matches that produce little impact, at least for Sami.
During the interview, Sami noted that he’s constantly complimented for his match with Shinsuke Nakamura the night before WrestleMania in Dallas. It’s widely viewed as one of, if not the top match from that entire weekend. And if he’s relegated to spectator this weekend in Brooklyn, the match he’s most looking forward to see, and the one he believes will steal the show, is the WWE Universal Championship match between long-time friends Seth Rollins and Finn Balor. He also has tremendous interest in the Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar match as he has no idea what to expect.
Sami Zayn said he hopes he’s involved in “something good” when SummerSlam concludes, but it sure is difficult to see the forest through the trees at the moment.
Updated: Right after this article was originally published, the WWE announced that Sami Zayn will team with Neville to take on The Dudley Boyz, and that match will take place on the kickoff show. That makes 12 advertised matches for SummerSlam with the potential to add Darren Young and Titus O’Neil to the card.
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