Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn should be on the same brand after the WWE Draft
Starting with an obvious one. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are two wrestlers who come in the “match made in wrestling heaven” category. Like The Rock and Steve Austin, Ciampa and Gargano, Keith Lee and Dominick Dijakovic (oops… T-Bar, sorry.), they are two guys who are real-life best friends and have unbelievable chemistry with each other.
Also, Zayn and Owens have been feuding with each other and beating the crap out of each other longer than any of the above-mentioned pairs. In the words of Sami Zayn, their careers have been linked to each other since day 1.
Their feud is the actual embodiment of the “fight forever” chant. They have been fighting each other even before they came to WWE. They’ve had intense feuds and legendary matches in PWG and ROH back when they were Kevin Steen and El Generico. They’ve warred in NXT, and both RAW and SmackDown as well. It seems as if they’re genuinely destined to fight forever, and as fans, we’re all ready to watch forever.
The reason why they get put against each other in every promotion they go to is simple, they’re both golden against each other. Don’t get me wrong, they’re both super workers and are more than capable of killing it with other wrestlers as well, however, them against or with each other is pure magic.
Whether they’re having an era-defining feud on NXT, with Owens as the remorseless heel and Zayn as the underdog babyface, or having match-of-the-year candidates on WWE PPVs, adding fuel to their rivalry in NXT, or as a team on SmackDown Live, being jerks and starting movements, Owens and Zayn put together are must-see TV.
However, this time it promises to be different, this time it’s Zayn as the annoying, condescending heel and Owens is the underutilized babyface. This would add an interesting dynamic to their never-ending feud and the classic matches they have would elevate the IC belt and bring into prominence its “worker’s belt” tagline.
More importantly, it’s easy to set up, with Owens already seemingly debuting on SmackDown in that interview with Alexa Bliss on the latest episode of SmackDown. While it looks like Owens will be feuding with Bray Wyatt for now, WWE would be stupid to not do a heel Zayn vs. a babyface Owens program.