Last night at the WWE Hell in a Cell event, Kevin Owens managed to defeat Shane McMahon in a Hell in a Cell match with a surprise assist from his former friend Sami Zayn. Sami Zayn decided to pull Owens off the announce table just before Shane was able to land the elbow from the top of the cage. As a result of this, Shane McMahon fell on an empty table and didn’t move for the rest of the match which allowed Sami Zayn to drag Owens onto Shane for the win. Sami Zayn’s actions surprised some wrestling fans because he and Owens have been feuding in the WWE universe for 2.5 years.
But in reality, Zayn’s heel turn should be an admission that Kevin Owens was right all along. When Owens debuted in NXT, his number one priority was to find the fastest track to win the NXT title because; it would allow him to earn more money to provide a better lifestyle for his family while at the same time forcing management to realize that he was an impact player. Due to this, Owens attacked Zayn after he won the NXT title because Kevin knew that he would be an emotional wreck. Zayn went through a range of emotions, from the start he wanted an explanation but once he realized that Kevin only cared about himself, Sami wanted revenge on Owens. Ultimately Kevin Owens was able to take advantage Zayn’s emotions to win the NXT title.
Over the next year and a half, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens had different goals for their careers. Kevin Owens wanted to find the fastest way to make a name for himself on the main roster. As a result, he decided to attack the face of the WWE John Cena during a United States title open challenge segment. His actions led to a three-month feud with Cena which helped him get the attention of management and the WWE universe. Once the feud with John Cena concluded, he decided that he was going to pursue championships and Owens went on to win the Intercontinental title followed by the Universal title. On the other hand, Sami Zayn was only focused on getting revenge on Owens for what happened in NXT. Most of his TV appearances involved a fight with Kevin Owens or wrestling a match to get a shot at Owens.
Last night Sami Zayn realized that his obsession with getting revenge on Kevin Owens wasn’t progressing his career. Zayn probably concluded that he should follow the blueprint of Owens to find and take advantage of an opportunity that would fast-track your career. As a result, he decided to get involved in the Hell in a Cell match because Shane is one of the most important characters on SmackDown Live thus it was the easiest/fastest way to get the attention of management and the WWE universe. This decision will help him become one of the most important wrestlers on SmackDown Live.