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WWE right to have Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn at Survivor Series

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With Survivor Series 2017 coming and going over the weekend, both Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live will now once again part ways en route to re-engaging in single brand storylines. Despite the fact that SmackDown Live ultimately came up short at the hands of the show’s Monday evening counterpart, the Tuesday program still managed to get a few things right on Sunday night in Houston, Texas.

One of those correct decisions from the WWE creative team comes in the form of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. While the tandem initially received a slight push as part of the Survivor Series Pre-Show, the WWE made the right call by briefly adding the always tumultuous tag-team to the main event as well.

Midway through Sunday’s 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match, Owens and Zayn made an appearance while ambushing some of their SmackDown Live companions — most notably SmackDown Live commissioner Shane McMcMahon. Although briefly, and successfully, disrupting the flow of the main event match, Owens and Zayn managed to capture just a little extra time in the limelight after being snubbed by the aforementioned McMahon, who failed to add Owens and Zayn to Team SmackDown Live. However, such an ambush from the tag-team played out perfectly as the duo did not affect the outcome of the match despite still paving the way from each superstar to be inserted into upcoming storylines.

Initially, Owens and Zayn defeated the Breezango tag-team made up of Tyler Breeze and Fandango, which was also a solid move from the WWE brass. With a win under their belts, the surging tag-team gained some much-needed momentum while promptly adding to their push by popping up late in the pay-per-view as not to be forgotten by the WWE Universe. Now, the tag-team can head into Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown Live with both a win and a leg-up on McMahon and the rest of the roster, which should come in handy going forward.

It is also worth noting that with Owens and Zayn on the upswing, thanks in part to their win over Breezango, such a scenario sets up the perfect rivalry with The New Day, who are coming off of a Survivor Series loss to The Shield. While the two ever popular tag-teams began such a feud prior to the start of the Survivor Series slate, picking right back up where they left off makes almost too much sense as both are due for fresh post-pay-per-view angles. Additionally, Owens and Zayn’s back-and-forth rapport with McMahon should allow this rivalry to set itself up seamlessly as the SmackDown Live commissioner has become quite fond of The New Day over the course of the last several weeks.

With Monday Night Raw now officially out of the picture for the foreseeable future, it is now the perfect time for Owens and Zayn to make a serious push up the tag-team ladder, possibly en route to a title opportunity against The Usos. Because The New Day doesn’t necessarily need gold to remain extremely popular, it should not be a problem for Owens and Zayn to come out on top in the end.

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, Football.com 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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