This past Sunday at WWE Battleground, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn squared off for what was advertised as the final time. The two produced the match of the evening, outshining the main event of the show. Two of the company’s most over and hard working stars treated fans to a masterclass. Indeed, both have come a long way from their days on the indie scene to featured matches on WWE PPV’s. The culmination of the rivalry saw Zayn victorious after a series of world-class matches. In the wake of the culmination of the rivalry one question remains: what’s next for Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens?
Drafted to Raw. Zayn’s first few months on main roster have been gold. However this is only the start for him. His performances have been nothing short of mesmerizing thus far. Ultimately his rivalry with Owens has elevated Zayn to the next level. Here are potential booking plans for Sami Zayn:
United States Title Shot
It goes without saying that Zayn merits this opportunity. Sami Zayn has more than cemented his name on the main roster. For Zayn, a run with the U.S. Title would be ideal for building a future credible main event push. By now he has also cemented his place as a regular on pay-per-view cards. After his feud with Owens, Sami Zayn has wind in his sails. He should be the one superstar to take the U.S. Title from Rusev, and add even more momentum to his stride. Summerslam shall be the perfect event for Zayn to win his first title on the main roster, enabling a serious push for the future.
Stronger Mid-card Run
If Zayn’s rivalry with KO is anything to go on, then his singles run should continue. Admittedly, it is not the most popular booking option for many when it comes to Zayn. After culminating one of the best feuds in recent WWE history, a stronger mid-card push would not be a mistake. Zayn remains a surefire commodity for the company and shall continue to be a huge pull. In Sami Zayn’s case, character development is not his biggest priority, however more time in-ring is required. If presented the opportunity, Zayn is more than capable of putting on a clinic when it comes to exhibition matches.
High Profile Feud with Top Superstar
Sami Zayn is another name that adds to the stardom of Raw. The likes of Seth Rollins, Finn Balor and Chris Jericho are all names that justify the view that Raw acquired the stronger roster of the two shows. A feud with Y2J will be most suitable for Zayn. There is no veteran on Raw that can bring the best out of younger talent in the way Jericho does. We can also see some character development for Sami Zayn along the way. There is no doubt that both superstars could create an intriguing rivalry, as well as produce great matches.
Following his arch-rival Sami Zayn to Raw, Owens has to be considered a contender for WWE Superstar of the Year. Hs first year on the main roster has been a great success story, leading up to this point. As one of the top heels in the company, there are plenty of opportunities for Owens.
Feud with Brock Lesnar
If ever there was a feud to test whatOwens is made of, then this is it. Despite Brock Lesnar being accustomed to feud with bigger, more established names, this would definitely elevate Owens. WWE needs to take advantage of the fact that both Lesnar and Owens are on Monday Night Raw. So with this in mind, a feud between the two when Lesnar sporadically returns is ideal for Owens. Also, the prospect of Kevin Owens and Paul Heyman exchanging words during segments is gold, due to both having excessively great skills on the mic. The Beast Vs. The Prize Fighter is a match that sounds worthy of any PPV.
WWE Universal Champion Contender
Raw acquiring the services of Kevin Owens was unexpected to say the least. So with this in mind, WWE need to ensure they make the most of an unpopular decision. With Seth Rollins set to face Finn Balor at Summerslam for the newly christened WWE Universal Championship, Owens should face the winner after Summerslam. Owens is a former NXT and Intercontinental Champion in his own right, as well as boasting some fantastic matches in his first year on the main roster. Owens has more than merited an opportunity at the main event. So much so ,that even having him win the title between now and Wrestlemania 33 would not be a wrong booking decision. Owens merits an opportunity at the top of the company.
Pushed as Raw’s top superstar
Seth Rollins, Finn Balor and Roman Reigns are all huge names on Raw. However fans shall not forget about Kevin Owens and his presence on the flagship show. Therefore it is vital that WWE ensure there is room for one of the best workers in the company. Assuming WWE shall maintain Owens as a heel, Raw shall need to be accustomed to heel stars. Even if the prospect of Owens contending for the WWE Universal Championship is not foreseeable in the eyes of the company, there most definitely needs to be room at the top of the Raw brand for KO.
Future Main Event Superstars
Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens feud has paved their future brightly. With a potential match of the year candidate at Battleground, fans can think about their future runs in the company. Both superstars have main event status awaiting within their future. Even with both being drafted to Raw, there is no doubt Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens have all the credentials to be huge main event players for the company.