With SmackDown Live’s Hell In A Cell pay-per-view in the rearview mirror, there has been one topic on everyone’s minds since the show came to a close, why did Sami Zayn help his arch nemesis Kevin Owens against Shane McMahon? During the closing ten minutes saw Shane-O Mac plummet from the top of the cell in an attempt to drop the mother of all elbows on his opponent, The Underdog appeared to come to Owens’ aid and dragged him out of harm’s way just in time.
Not only did Zayn save Owens, but he also dragged the former Universal Champion over McMahon to win the match. Zayn shooed away the EMTs tending to the SmackDown Live commissioner and ordered the referee to count to three. At the time of doing it, he looked conflicted, as if he himself wasn’t quite sure why he would ever help the man that caused him so much pain over the years. Well, the rumor mill has been working overtime and an explanation as to why WWE have chosen this particular avenue may have arisen.
According to Cageside Seats, the reason behind this new Owens vs Zayn alliance is for the pair of them to form a tag team together. It’ll be no ordinary alliance either, for the time being at least. The reason for making them a team at this particular juncture is so they can take on some specific opponents. Those opponents are allegedly going to be the team of AJ Styles and Shane McMahon, and the two teams will clash at Survivor Series next month.
If the rumors of a Survivor Series tag match are true, Zayn didn’t appear to be on the same level as the other competitors until Hell In A Cell. Styles and McMahon have a history and a respect for each other after their match at WrestleMania earlier this year, Owens and Styles feuded over the United States Championship over the summer, and of course, there’s the latest animosity between Shane-O and KO. Adding Zayn to the mix and having a marquee tag match certainly seems to add up at this point.
Aside from the early part of the TakeOver Kevin Owens debuted at, him and Zayn have been bitter enemies the entire time they’ve both been in WWE, constantly at each other’s throats and seemingly destined to fight forever. The two of them were friends long before either of them ever graced a WWE career, however. Their careers have effectively run parallel and although they have fought for much of the time, they’ve also had plenty of experience working as a tag team.
While the tag team idea makes sense considering the story between all four men and Survivor Series on the horizon, it likely won’t be the be all and end all when it comes to this possible new found friendship between Owens and Zayn. The Survivor Series rumor addresses why WWE wants The Underdog and The Prizefighter together, but it doesn’t explain why Zayn wants to align himself with Owens. This week’s SmackDown Live will undoubtedly answer some of the questions we have, and Hell In A Cell’s closing angle has made Tuesday night’s show can’t miss.
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