The 2023 Royal Rumble was the 36th annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view produced by WWE. It was held for wrestlers from the promotion’s RAW and SmackDown brand divisions. The event saw multiple returns of former Superstars during the Rumble matches. Cody Rhodes won the Men’s Royal Rumble match was Rhea Ripley outlasted 29 other women to punch her ticket to WrestleMania 39. The overall was somewhat of a mixed bag with quite a few predictable outcomes.
One particular match on the Royal Rumble card stole the spotlight at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. And that’s the WWE Universal Championship match between Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens, featuring The Bloodline’s Sami Zayn, Solo Sikoa, and The Usos.
For over a month, WWE teased tensions between Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn despite the latter proving his loyalty to the Tribal Chief at Survivor Series WarGames. However, The Honorary Uce’s allegiance wasn’t enough when it came down to brutalizing his best friend Kevin Owens with a steel chair at the Royal Rumble.
In an effort to save Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn finally had a change of heart as he turned babyface on Saturday night by smashing the chair on Roman Reigns’ back. The Bloodline decimated The Honorary Uce right after the surprise attack with Jey Uso being the only exception. Jey left the ring with a confused look on his face, probably hinting at his exit from the heel faction.
In an interview with Ariel Helwani of BT Sport, Sami Zayn revealed that before Triple H took over WWE Creative from Vince McMahon, he was being kept away from Roman Reigns, and then once The Game took over, the storyline was given a shot, and the rest is history.
“I can’t say because I genuinely do not know, but I know before Triple H was on creative, I never got on screen with Roman. Then when Triple H did get [on creative] I finally did get on screen with Roman. Whether that’s a coincidence, because like I said, the first time I finally did get on screen with Roman, [which] took the story to the next level, happened to be a lot of stars lining up. The Usos weren’t there, Heyman wasn’t there, it was in Montreal, all these things.”
“Would that have happened if Hunter wasn’t in charge? I don’t know. All I know is I can definitely point to the time he wasn’t in charge and say I was kept away from being on screen with Roman. Then once he was in charge, all of a sudden, I’m on screen and it’s allowed to breathe and see where it goes. Because if I do get on screen with Roman and we start doing stuff with The Usos, and all that, and it’s not really working, then okay, you go somewhere else, but because it got it started to work, it got room to breathe. As it breathed it grew. Whether that would have happened without him? I don’t know, but probably not.”
It remains to be seen how WWE proceeds with the hot Bloodline breakup storyline on the Road To WrestleMania. According to rumors, Sami Zayn could be challenging Roman Reigns for the undisputed WWE Universal Championship at the Elimination Chamber.
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(h/t – Fightful)