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What’s next for Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens?


Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens have remained in the thick of some major WWE storylines for the better part of the last several years. However, the tandem of always popular superstars have encountered quite the tumultuous relationship during their wrestling tenure while wavering back-and-forth between friends and foes. Once again forming an alliance under the umbrella of the SmackDown Live brand, the future now looks a little foggy for both Zayn and Owens given some recent news.

It was previously reported that Zayn and Owens were sent home from the current WWE European tour with Vince McMahon apparently at the forefront of the reprimanding. It has been alleged “that the two went against a creative decision” regarding the conclusion of Zayn’s recent match against Kofi Kingston of The New Day. Although Zayn ultimately dropped the match at the hands of Kingston on the November 7 installment of SmackDown Live, both he and Owens were set home for leaving the ring before The New Day could successfully ambush them.

However, it now appears as though Zayn and Owens are expected to return against The New Day on Tuesday evening’s episode of SmackDown Live from Charlotte, North Carolina. While the friendly tag-team will once again be squaring off against The New Day come Tuesday, what should the immediate future hold for both Zayn and Owens?

It is very well possible that the WWE brass will be matching up the two tag-teams in Charlotte in order to squash what could have been a highly entertaining rivalry. While the WWE could further punish Zayn and Owens by eliminating such a storyline before it could even begin, it would be safe to bet against that as the ultimate outcome. As a result, the next step in the process should most definitely spurn into a lengthy and competitive feud between Zayn and Owens and The New Day.

It is no secret that The New Day has become a crowd favorite ever since joining forces as this angle would not only continue to push Kingston and his counterparts in Big E and Xavier Woods but also Zayn and Owens. Because Zayn has not received a tremendous push since joining the SmackDown Live roster, a tag-team run alongside Owens could be just what he needs in order to regain some popularity. Additionally, Zayn’s new persona as a heel could put his abilities as a well-rounded performer on full display as his in-ring ability is now coinciding with some noteworthy promos.

On the other hand, this is not the time to add yet another name to the cluttered Tuesday singles division. SmackDown Live specifically has a litany of talented superstars atop its roster while some will be teaming up to take on Raw at Survivor Series. With the likes of Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Jinder Mahal, A.J. Styles, Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, Shinsuke Nakamura and Ty Dillinger among others currently patrolling Tuesday evenings, Owens’ best shot at glory at the moment is through the tag-team ranks. Although already encountering quite the successful singles career as a WWE superstar, the company should now let Owens thrive alongside Zayn while giving both a push as tag-team competitors.

Despite the recent debacle that unfolded overseas, there is no better opponent for the team of Zayn and Owens than The New Day. Of course, The New Day is now booked against The Shield at Survivor Series, but the looming clash won’t last past Sunday as the infamous trio of Kingston, Big E and Woods can pick up right where they left off on SmackDown Live next week.

Joe Nocco is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, born and raised in the New York area. Previously a contributor to SB Nation, and his own website titled Joe Nocco Sports, among others, Nocco has experience covering a variety of sports having specialized in content surrounding the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. You can follow Nocco at @JoeNoccoFRS on Twitter.

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