Sami Zayn is perhaps coming off the biggest night of his life, despite not emerging as the victor. The former WWE Intercontinental champion walked into his hometown of Montreal Canada to battle his nemesis Roman Reigns and attempt to end his lengthy title reign in front of his own people. Despite coming up short, Zayn still gained the admiration of the fans and broke a record in the process.
At the Elimination Chamber event, the former Honorary Uce and the Tribal Chief squared off in an Undisputed WWE Universal Championship battle after engaging in a heated feud for weeks. The Tribal Chief kept his position despite Zayn’s outstanding performance thanks to interference from The Bloodline.
Sami Zayn entered the biggest match of his career in hopes to unseat Roman Reigns and walk out as the champion. However, despite his loss, Sami Zayn made history by claiming a record for himself.
However, the Canadian superstar was given a lengthy standing ovation by his home crowd prior to his match against Reigns. At the Elimination Chamber press conference, Sami Zayn discussed The Bloodline storyline and mentioned that he purportedly received the Bell Centre’s largest standing ovation.
“I think we’ve walked away from this story, and it’s not even done, with so many memorable segments, TV segments, that people will remember 5-10 years down the road. And I think, I hope, that Montreal ovation is one of those because it’s not everyday you see a performer just stand in the ring for, I think somebody timed it, it was like five minutes and 22 seconds or something, and it was actually, there’s a Quebec historian in here somewhere called Pat Laprade, and he actually, he’s a Quebec guy. In the history of the Bell Centre, it’s the longest ovation in the history of this buildin.”
This was a similar instance to Sami Zayn’s first main roster match. The bout happened in Montreal in 2015, when Zayn answered John Cena’s US Open challenge and received a huge ovation for displaying an incredible performance.
Sami Zayn may have not got the job done, but it looks like his feud with Roman Reigns is far from over. We will have to wait and see what happens as the road to WrestleMania 39 moves forward.
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