It looks like Samoa Joe is coming into NXT at just the right time. Already, the promotion has lost Hideo Itami for several months because of a shoulder injury. Many were waiting to hear how long Sami Zayn was going to be on the sidelines as well. Reports have now surfaced that the former heavyweight champion will undergo surgery. The amount of time has yet to be revealed, but he will be off of television for at least the next month.
May 26, 2015
Never one to avoid controversy, Vince Russo has drawn the ire of the internet wrestling community yet again. The source of discontent stems from the fact that he took to social media to say that Sami Zayn, who made his debut on Monday Night Raw this week, was not a television star yet. He stated that while the hardcore fans might know of him, the masses just assumed that he was some jobber that was in the ring with John Cena.
May 6, 2015
The folks in NXT are doing another Takeover show, and the main event has been revealed. Sami Zayn will make his much anticipated return to the ring and challenge Kevin Owens for the heavyweight championship. For those that do not now, Zayn was written off of television for several weeks to heal up some of his injuries. The event will take place at the Full Sail University on May 20, 2015. More details about the card will be revealed next week.
April 23, 2015
In order to sell the brutal beating from Kevin Owens and to hide the fact that he was overseas with the main roster, WWE kept Sami Zayn off of television. That ends next week, as the former heavyweight champion is scheduled to make his television return to NXT. As of right now, he is penciled in to cut a very powerful promo about losing the belt to his former best friend. The character will also come up with a way to get a rematch for the title.
February 27, 2015
Since he is viewed as a really hard worker and a very likable coworker, there are many within WWE that are pushing management to move the date of the Sami Zayn main roster debut up a couple of months. Right now, the current plan is for him to remain down in NXT for much of 2015. Top officials feel that he is quite the asset in that role, but there are those that feel that he needs to be rewarded by being allowed to work on mainstream television.
January 28, 2015
When he dropped the NXT Heavyweight Championship to Sami Zayn, many were under the impression that Adrian Neville was going to be immediately called up to the main roster in WWE. However, that does not appear to be the case, as the former champion is scheduled for the weekly developmental television show until at least the middle of January. That has led to speculations that he could be called up in time to be one of the Royal Rumble participants.
December 13, 2014