WWE’s 2023 Royal Rumble event ended with a dramatic angle with Sami Zayn and the Bloodline. Fans are on the edge of their seats to see what happens next, but it turns out that the company didn’t have the biggest plans in store when they started this whole thing.
The latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted that WWE never planned for Sami Zayn’s Bloodline angle to go anywhere. It was originally intended to be a couple of weeks for a comedy bit, but that was it. Now, fans are wanting so much more.
It was also noted that things appear to be leading toward an eventual tag team showdown at WrestleMania, with Kevin Owens in play, against the Usos. That being said, even fan outcry for Sami Zayn to pick up a major singles title was noticed internally. That being said, Triple H and Vince McMahon simply don’t see Sami Zayn in a marquee WrestleMania match.
The Zayn-Reigns scenario was originally just set up to be a few week comedy deal, but it caught on with the public and was changed months ago to a WrestleMania season angle. The plan as of three months ago was to end up basically where we are now, with Zayn being turned on and beaten down at the Rumble, leading to Reigns beating Zayn to keep the title in Montreal, and moving on to face Rhodes or The Rock at WrestleMania. While not confirmed, most likely one would have expected Owens & Zayn to form a tag team to beat the Usos, so they got something out of it at Mania.
The issue got so hot that from a fans perspective, Reigns-Zayn and really a title change for the singles belt would have been the perfect climax to the angle.
This was acknowledged by a few internally that they didn’t see coming in how hot this would be, and it should be changed, but we were also told that neither Vince McMahon nor Paul Levesque saw Zayn as a guy who could headline WrestleMania and that the scenario of Zayn challenging in Montreal and moving it to WrestleMania because he got hot, which WWE did previously for Kofi Kingston when he got hot and got the spot planned for Owens in 2019 was not going to happen.
WWE certainly stumbled across something special with Sami Zayn’s Bloodline angle. They also never saw this kind of reception coming, from “feeling Ucy” to the eventual turn, fans have been with this angle every step of the way.
Only time will tell how it all pans out at WrestleMania, but it appears that fans are going to only see things heat up from this point on. Keep checking back with Ringside News for more.
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