Theories on why Sami Zayne helped Kevin Owens at Hell In A Cell. On Sunday night, Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon truly did follow through on their promise that they were going to put each other through hell. An array of dangerous spots took place within the confines of the steel and even though that would have been enough for any other Hell In A Cell match, we all knew that things were going to wind up outside of the structure. After battling atop the cell in what must have had most of the WWE Universe with their hearts in their mouths, Owens wound up being knocked from half way down the cell through a table. That not being enough for Shane-O Mac, the SmackDown Live commissioner returned to the cell’s roof and attempted to elbow drop a prone Owens laid out on an announce desk below. At first, it looked like Owens jumped to safety in the nick of time, only for us to realize that he was actually dragged out of the way by Sami Zayn. The Underdog then draped a still lifeless Owens over Shane so that he could get the win. What we want to know now is why Zayn would do such a thing?
5. He’s Sick Of Being Overlooked
The most obvious and straightforward reason for Zayn to turn on the SmackDown Live commissioner is that he did it simply because he’s fed up. While on Raw last year, and for the earlier part of this year, The Underdog From The Underground was constantly overlooked and passed over for opportunities. Zayn attempting to get transferred to SmackDown Live became an angle and eventually, he got his wish during the Superstar Shakeup. WWE’s blue brand is supposed to be the land of opportunity and a place Zayn thought he could thrive, but it hasn’t happened. Considering most of his peers and fans alike consider Zayn to be one of the best wrestlers on the planet, it’s a wonder why WWE hasn’t done more with him. Maybe this is the start of exactly that.
4. He Told Shane McMahon To Stay Out Of It
The last time we saw Zayn before his shocking appearance at Hell In A Cell was when he and Kevin Owens headlined SmackDown Live a couple of weeks ago. Daniel Bryan set up the match, and although Shane McMahon wasn’t in the building at the time, Zayn asked the General Manager to make sure that if McMahon did show up, he not get involved in the bout. Well, if you saw the show, you’ll know that things went downhill for Zayn fast. Owens power bombed The Underdog onto the edge of the apron before putting a steel chair around his neck. Just as The Prizefighter was about to slam Zayn into the ring post, McMahon arrived and saved the day. Although he arguably rescued Zayn, we currently have no way of knowing if The Underdog was annoyed that the commissioner went against his only request.
3. SmackDown Live Needs A New Tag Team
The fact of the matter is the angle involving Sami Zayn at Hell In A Cell might not be to further the WWE career of the former NXT Champion at all. In actual fact, it might be a sneaky way to get Zayn and Owens on the same page so that they can add something new to Tuesday night’s tag team division. The Usos and The New Day opened the pay-per-view on Sunday night and once again put on an incredible performance. With the titles changing hands once again though, it would seem that the feud is set to continue, which screams of WWE not having faith in any other SmackDown Live tag teams. They recently did something similar on Raw with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose and on the back of their success, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Owens and Zayn do something similar.
2. Zayne Realized He Works Better With Owens
For those of you that don’t know, for 15 years or more Zayn and Owens’ wrestling careers have effectively run in tandem. They’ve traveled around the world together, tagged together, even arrived in WWE at more or less the same time. Since they’ve been in WWE, however, Owens has enjoyed a lot more success than his longtime friend. They both won the NXT Championship, but then on the main roster, Owens has excelled while Zayn’s career has become stagnant. Perhaps WWE will sell Zayn’s turn as an “if you can’t beat them join them” situation. Owens is the one doing something right between the two, so he’s going to side with him and take a leaf out of his book in order to succeed in WWE.
1. It’s All A Clever Ruse On Zayn’s Part
On the other hand, this could all be part of a much bigger plan on Zayn’s part. Maybe Zayn has, in fact, realized that Owens’ way of doing things is more effective, and wants a slice of the pie, but doesn’t necessarily want to change who he is. Instead, he used Owens’ fierce rivalry with Shane McMahon to interject himself into the picture and make Owens believe that he is on his side. Zayn will rise to prominence with the help of his friend turned enemy turned friend again, and then at the opportune moment, he’ll reveal it to all have been a part of his plan. The culmination could even come when the two of them are perhaps in a triple threat match for the WWE Championship and Zayn stabs Owens in the back to win the title. Going a little into the realms of fantasy booking here, but of all the paths this angle could lead this one feels like the best.
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