Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are both nearing the end of their WWE contracts. With the deals set to expire in January, the company has some options as far as how to handle the two. Whether they stay with WWE or leave to join their old friends in AEW, WWE will need to have a plan.
In the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer noted that the pair will likely listen to offers. WWE has been giving Zayn and Owens more television time to keep them happy with their spot in the company. They’re hoping to re-sign the wrestlers. If they leave, though, they’ll still be useful on their way out.
“Owens and Zayn are the two guys people know about whose deals are due soon and obviously both do go back with the Young Bucks, Adam Cole and others to PWG and the indie scene. If nothing else, you’d think they would listen to offers. Both being give[n] more TV time of late is likely due to wanting them to be happy with their push and stay but on the flip side if they don’t sign they can use them as names to put over the top people the way the booking is going.”
Kevin Owens is booked for a four-way WWE Championship match at the Day 1 PPV on January 1, 2022. He will take on WWE Champion Big E, Seth Rollins, and Bobby Lashley. It is likely that if he is leaving the company, Owens will take the fall in the match to protect the other main event stars.
Sami Zayn recently challenged Damian Priest for the United States title in a losing effort on the November 22 Raw. He was then coerced into a Universal Title Match by Brock Lesnar with Roman Reigns. Lesnar destroyed him, and Roman got the easy victory.
For now, it looks like WWE is expecting both men to leave. They’ve been booked in a way that they can lose on their way out and help put over other main eventers. The company is still trying to keep a balance to how they’re presenting Zayn and Owens, just in case they do decide to stay.
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