Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens may be best friends right now but they will likely return to being bitter enemies by the end of this month.
One angle currently raging on each and every Tuesday night on SmackDown Live has now been going for over six months. All the way back in the summer of 2017, Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon began developing an animosity for one another and things have just snowballed from that point. A lot of people have been dragged into the mix along the way also.
The latest development occurred last week and involved a ground breaking announcement from Daniel Bryan. Owens and his very best friend Sami Zayn will be taking on AJ Styles at Royal Rumble, and The Phenomenal One's WWE Championship will be on the line. Bryan seemed pretty pleased with his idea but naturally McMahon was not exactly blown away by it.
How exactly a handicap match for the WWE Championship will work currently remains unclear. Presumably if Owens or Zayn successfully pin Styles, the man who gets the cover will be crowned the new champion. That's where cracks may begin to show between the apparent best friends and according to Cageside Seats, it will be KO turning on The Underdog in Philadelphia on January 28th. The two of them will likely work together until it comes to a point where they have to decide who gets to pin Styles.
Owens and Zayn are best friends outside of WWE and their careers have effectively run parallel to one another. Throughout their journey in the business they have been both good friends and bitter enemies in the ring. Most of their stay in WWE has involved them being enemies so it's surprising that WWE is potentially considering returning to that dynamic so soon. They only joined forces at Hell In A Cell a little over two months ago.
What is abundantly clear though is that at this moment in time Vince McMahon sees a lot more in Kevin Owens than he does Sami Zayn. The boss doesn't make an appearance on TV for just anyone nowadays, let alone have them give him a brutal beat down. Zayn on the other hand, Mr. McMahon just doesn't seem to get. KO will likely become WWE Champion at some point during 2018 while Zayn may very well return to the realms of obscurity he found himself in prior to Hell In A Cell.