The WWE Universe witnessed a rollercoaster of emotions at SummerSlam 2023, where Roman Reigns narrowly escaped losing his title thanks to Jimmy Uso’s betrayal. The Tribal Chief’s reign has teetered on the edge before, notably during Elimination Chamber 2023.
In a hometown showdown at PLE Montreal earlier this year, Sami Zayn faced Roman Reigns with the hopes of becoming the new World Champion. Despite the advantage of the home crowd, Zayn couldn’t seize the moment and clinch the title. Recently, Zayn openly shared his thoughts on that fateful encounter.
Sami Zayn’s Honest Reflections
The start of 2023 catapulted Sami Zayn to the top echelons of WWE. His popularity soared, making him one of the most beloved superstars on the roster. Despite this momentum, WWE diverted his path by pairing him up with Kevin Owens for the tag-team titles.
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In a candid conversation with Ryan Satin on his podcast, Zayn expressed his feelings about the Montreal loss and his status in WWE. While admitting he’s not the chosen one, Zayn acknowledged the opportunities he’s received and the efforts he’s invested in WWE. He confessed, “It was a little hard because it’s…I don’t think I’m being controversial when saying this, but I’m not the chosen guy, you know obviously.”
Dreams Just Out of Reach
Zayn continued, acknowledging the bittersweet truth. “I’ve been handed a lot of opportunities and I’ve delivered on a lot of those opportunities throughout my time in the company and I’m grateful for all of it.” His disappointment was palpable as he discussed the near-miss at becoming a world champion.
The former NXT Champion went on, admitting the difficulty in digesting the situation. “For sure there was a part of me that had problems digesting that.” Despite his best efforts and the chances granted to him, Zayn found himself just shy of claiming the top spot in WWE.
Paul Heyman’s Scathing Words and Triple H’s Perspective
The desire for Zayn’s championship moment was shared by fans, but the hierarchy within WWE had different plans. Paul Heyman, Reigns’ advocate, took a brutal jab at Zayn, comparing him to an “irrelevant kid” in school while addressing his aspirations. This verbal sparring indicated the internal view of Zayn’s position.
Back in January, Dave Meltzer’s reports raised eyebrows, revealing that Triple H didn’t see Zayn as a main eventer, debunking the potential storyline of Zayn turning on Reigns. The company’s decision to shift Zayn to a tag-team championship win at WrestleMania 38 underscored this perspective.
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While Zayn’s passion and dedication have shone brightly, it appears that the pinnacle of being WWE’s chosen one remains elusive. As his journey in WWE continues, fans can only hope that the tables may turn and Zayn’s dreams of championship glory become a reality.