Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are destined to fight forever, but on Aug. 5, 2017, the two Smackdown Live Superstars were given the opportunity to share a moment in their native province of Quebec Canada.
To set the scene, WWE rolled into Montreal, QC, Canada at the Bell Center as part of the SummerSlam Heatwave tour. It was an untelevised affair headlining Sami Zayn v. Jinder Mahal for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Of course, Mahal won with the help of his lackeys, the Singh Brothers, which turned into a typical post match beatdown. This resulted in a shock to everyone in attendance as none other than Zayn's arch rival Kevin Owens came to the ring to save his former best friend turned bitter enemy.
Now, WWE house shows are entertaining because anything can happen. Last month, AJ Styles won the US Championship at an untelevised event at Madison Square Garden, and while this specific event isn't quite as monumental, to the fans at the Bell Centre it was something special. Zayn and Owens go back a very long time, before the WWE. Both started wrestling locally around Quebec before winding up in Ring of Honor where El Generico (Zayn) and Kevin Steen (Owens) became headlining attractions.
Zayn would make the jump to the WWE in 2013, and Owens followed shortly after, signing with the company in 2014. Both men spent time in WWE's developmental program NXT where their rivalry rekindled when Owens debuted at Takeover: R-Evolution as he came out to congratulate Zayn for his first NXT Championship victory, only to turn on him moments later. Owens would go on to defeat Zayn for that championship before the latter was called up to the main roster, though Owens followed shortly after resulting in them fighting again.
The WWE planned to have their rivalry blow off at Battleground 2016 when Zayn finally defeated Owens. The match was promoted as the final chapter in their feud, though the two Superstars still crossed paths every now and then.
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It's doubtful that this was anything more than a nice "thank you" to the loyal Montreal wrestling fans, but these types of interactions are tested out at house shows before they're brought to TV. With the Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose betrayal and redemption storyline playing out on Raw, it would be strange to pull the exact same plot for SmackDown Live. Regardless, it was fun to see the two work in unison instead of against each other, even if it was just for one house show.