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How WWE Should Book the Sami Zayn Heel Run

Another pay-per-view has come and gone for WWE, and overall Hell in a Cell was actually rather good. There were a lot of trepidations towards the main event of everyone’s

Another pay-per-view has come and gone for WWE, and overall Hell in a Cell was actually rather good. There were a lot of trepidations towards the main event of everyone’s favorite bad guy, Kevin Owens taking on the son of Vince McMahon, Shane in a hell in a cell match, but the match ended up being many fans favorite bout of the night.

However, it was the ending of this main event that got fans talking and shook the WWE universe to its core as Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens’ former best friend, now bitter rival pulled a helpless Owens out of the way of a diving Shane McMahon from the top of the structure and then dragged his carcass on top of Shane’s to secure a pinfall victory. Many wondered what was going through the mind of the lovable babyface character of Zayn in this moment.

As we heard on Smackdown Live on Tuesday 10th October, Zayn had been fed up for a while with his shortcomings since arriving on the blue brand, and found it was clear to him that commissioner Shane McMahon did not care about the future of Zayn, and was more interested in stealing the show for himself, no matter who he hospitalised. As Sami and Kevin embraced in a surreal moment in the middle of the Smackdown Live ring, here are a few ways this storyline could develop.

Sami and Kevin VS Shane and AJ

Once Hell in a Cell ended, Talking Smack began, and on this edition of Talking Smack AJ Styles aired his thoughts on the match between two of his former rivals Kevin and Shane. In this interview, AJ stated that he respects S

Another pay-per-view has come and gone for WWE, and overall Hell in a Cell was actually rather good. There were a lot of trepidations towards the main event of everyone’s favourite bad guy, Kevin Owens taking on the son of Vince McMahon, Shane in a hell in a cell match, but the match ended up being many fans favourite bout of the night.

However, it was the ending of this main event that got fans talking and shook the WWE universe to its core as Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens’ former best friend, now bitter rival pulled a helpless Owens out of the way of a diving Shane McMahon from the top of the structure and then dragged his carcass on top of Shane’s to secure a pinfall victory. Many wondered what was going through the mind of the lovable babyface character of Zayn in this moment.

As we heard on Smackdown Live on Tuesday 10th October, Zayn had been fed up for a while with his shortcomings since arriving on the blue brand, and found it was clear to him that commissioner Shane McMahon did not care about the future of Zayn, and was more interested in stealing the show for himself, no matter who he hospitalised. As Sami and Kevin embraced in a surreal moment in the middle of the Smackdown Live ring, here are a few ways this storyline could develop.

Sami and Kevin VS Shane and AJ

Once Hell in a Cell ended, Talking Smack began, and on this edition of Talking Smack AJ Styles aired his thoughts on the match between two of his former rivals Kevin and Shane. In this interview, AJ stated that he respects Shane, but not Owens, and would be willing to help his Wrestlemania 33 opponent if needs be. The interesting thing about AJ’s interview on Talking Smack was that he seemed to be really irked by the actions of Sami Zayn. These remarks could see a possible Survivor Series match-up where two teams of former enemies attempt to tear each other apart. However, if this prediction does come to fruition, it is extremely important for this narrative that the pairing of Zayn and Owens defeat Styles and McMahon.

Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions

Despite the best efforts of The Usos and The New Day, and their game of hot potato with the Smackdown Live Tag Team Championships, there is still room for improvement for the Smackdown Live tag team division, as it is still failing to grab everyone’s attention. This could all be helped by the team of Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, a team of two legitimate singles competitors, and a team who have previously held tag team gold together in the past from their time on the independent wrestling scene. This team would be a formidable force for a division in need of a rejuvenation, and hardcore wrestling fans will finally feel a little bit more at peace to see Sami Zayn finally win gold on the main roster.

The Feud Continues

Obviously both Zayn and Owens are worthy of winning titles as singles competitors, as Owens has already proven, and eventually the team of Zayn and Owens will have to implode before it gets stale. We, as an audience have already witnessed in NXT Owens turn on Zayn, but it would be extremely interesting to witness Zayn turn on Owens in the end. In order to achieve this, the pair should be a tag team that are willing to take a stand against the establishment and provoke authority figures such as Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon, until the point where Sami really wants to escalate things. Kevin Owens has stated that he does not try to be a heel performer, and he is certainly not a babyface character, therefore there is no real change to his character from Sami turning on him once he refuses to help Zayn in his plans anymore.

A heel Sami Zayn is a fresh and exciting new prospect for WWE, and for us, the fans who have yet to see him in this role, and one that could finally place him on the top of the card where many fans believe he should be.

hane, but not Owens, and would be willing to help his Wrestlemania 33 opponent if needs be. The interesting thing about AJ’s interview on Talking Smack was that he seemed to be really irked by the actions of Sami Zayn. These remarks could see a possible Survivor Series match-up where two teams of former enemies attempt to tear each other apart. However, if this prediction does come to fruition, it is extremely important for this narrative that the pairing of Zayn and Owens defeat Styles and McMahon.

Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions

Despite the best efforts of The Usos and The New Day, and their game of hot potato with the Smackdown Live Tag Team Championships, there is still room for improvement for the Smackdown Live tag team division, as it is still failing to grab everyone’s attention. This could all be helped by the team of Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, a team of two legitimate singles competitors, and a team who have previously held tag team gold together in the past from their time on the independent wrestling scene. This team would be a formidable force for a division in need of a rejuvenation, and hardcore wrestling fans will finally feel a little bit more at peace to see Sami Zayn finally win gold on the main roster.

The Feud Continues

Obviously both Zayn and Owens are worthy of winning titles as singles competitors, as Owens has already proven, and eventually the team of Zayn and Owens will have to implode before it gets stale. We, as an audience have already witnessed in NXT Owens turn on Zayn, but it would be extremely interesting to witness Zayn turn on Owens in the end. In order to achieve this, the pair should be a tag team that are willing to take a stand against the establishment and provoke authority figures such as Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon, until the point where Sami really wants to escalate things. Kevin Owens has stated that he does not try to be a heel performer, and he is certainly not a babyface character, therefore there is no real change to his character from Sami turning on him once he refuses to help Zayn in his plans anymore.

A heel Sami Zayn is a fresh and exciting new prospect for WWE, and for us, the fans who have yet to see him in this role, and one that could finally place him on the top of the card where many fans believe he should be.

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Ryan Keen

Living in Lincoln, England, Ryan Keen is a Film and Television graduate at the University of Lincoln currently studying a masters in Journalism. He is an avid wrestling fan that has a particular soft spot for the thriving British wrestling scene.

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