Sami Zayn ditched his supposed best friend not once but twice in SmackDown Live's main event this past Tuesday night.
This week's SmackDown Live opened with the winner of the 2018 men's Royal Rumble match Shinsuke Nakamura coming to the ring. The King of Strong Style was quickly interrupted though as Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn had some complaining to do. The Quebec pair believes that they were screwed out of winning the WWE Championship on Sunday night and wanted justice.
With all three men discussing him it was only natural that AJ Styles also came to the ring at this point. The Phenomenal One formed a united front with his potential WrestleMania opponent and suggested turning the dream match into a dream team for the evening. It was at this point that Owens and Zayn wisely decided to back off.
Naturally, they thought Daniel Bryan would give them what they wanted, he has up until now, so Owens and The Underdog sought out the General Manager backstage. Their short meeting did not go to plan. Not only did Bryan think the aforementioned tag match was a great idea and booked it for later that night, but he also informed the pair of them that they will be going one on one next week with the winner getting a shot at the WWE Championship.
The conflict CONTINUES between @FightOwensFight and @SamiZayn...— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 31, 2018
Has a wedge been driven between them ahead of their match NEXT WEEK to determine @AJStylesOrg's #WWEFastlane opponent?! #SDLive pic.twitter.com/4peDx7CPnL
Even the strongest of friendships would be tested by a blockbuster announcement such as that one, and cracks were beginning to show in Owens and Zayn's friendship before they even made it to their tag match. Then things really blew up. When Zayn wasn't in the corner for Owens to tag mid-match the former Universal Champion went off on him. Zayn then left but was obviously racked with guilt and returned. The animosity continued though and when Zayn left the second time, he did not come back and Owens lost to Styles and Nakamura.
Owens and Zayn are no strangers to one another in the ring. Their matches against each other have been a constant in both of their careers. The odds will be higher than ever before when they clash next week however with one of them going on to get a WWE Title shot. It could also be the end of an on-screen friendship that has been going on since Zayn saved Owens at Hell In A Cell.