With the beginning of a new era, a final chapter is written. Has there been a better story told than the one of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn? Finally the battle has ended. There are times when you look at matches and say they are instant classics. This one lived up to that kind of respect at WWE Battleground.
The former NXT greats put on a show that made us all remember the great feuds of the past. Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat. Magnum TA and Tully Blanchard, Greg Valentine and Roddy Piper. They all told a story, they all created history.
Owens and Zayn just added their names to that short list of memorable moments.
WWE has tried over the past few years to create magic with matches that meant something. Many times, it has failed. This time, it created more than magic, it created brilliance.
Then one thing I have harped on for some time is the fact matches are quick, they have no real depth and no story is told in the ring. There was depth, there was drama and there was a final finish.
Growing up as fan of the old NWA, I watched Tommy Rich and Buzz Sawyer beat the hell out of each other for almost a year, going from city to city all over the south. Blood was lost, injuries were had and fans ate it up like it was their favorite dessert.
There might not have been blood shed (that wouldn’t happen in today’s WWE), but it had the same kind of intensity. Given the chance, these two former friends could have faced each other night after night for the next five months, and fans wouldn’t bat an eye. In fact, given that these two are now going to be in Raw each week, it is a bet at some point they will cross paths again. It’s still personal and the story can be told over and over again.
Yes, it’s that good.
What happens now is anyone’s guess. This feud was supposed to end at Money in the Bank, but as well all know things happen. Yes, Zayn has been the reason Owens lost his Intercontinental Title. He is the reason Owens has lost many matches that meant potential title runs. Those are the type of things that create a great story. Cesaro was right when he said these two have interfered in his matches and cost him opportunities as well. When a feud affects the locker room, the story is heightened even more.
This one created a best-selling novel.
What happens next will help catapult both wrestlers toward super stardom. We can only hope the next road traveled by these two happens to be just as solid, just as popular. It’s hard to imagine it can reach the same kind of intensity. Usually when these kinds of feuds end, the next chapter cannot duplicate the original. For that reason, the transition will be easier for Owens, who has proven he can run with any big dog on the current roster.
For Zayn, it’s a bit different. Hopefully, Chris Jericho or The Miz is waiting in the wings. I’d love to see a feud with Cesaro or even something with Finn Balor in the future. The former NXT champion doesn’t do it for me in terms of star power, but to the fans, he is excitement personified.
It may be a while before we see the same kind of intensity from two opponents. Yes, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns or Dean Ambrose generate that kind of heat. But from a pure story standpoint, is there a better tale told in WWE today.
Personally, I think not.