A story that managed to stay under the radar is the one where Sami Zayn is injured. Many were under the impression that he was kept on the sidelines to sell his story with Kevin Owens. When Zayn did not wrestle at a live event and only cut a promo, the speculation began to arise. After some investigation, reports have now surfaced that the former NXT Heavyweight Champion is definitely sidelined with an undisclosed injury.
March 19, 2015
While he is not being pushed as quickly as Finn Balor is, fans of Hideo Itami should not worry too much at the moment. WWE still has plans on pushing him in NXT. He will eventually get to challenge for the heavyweight championship, and it could happen as soon as this summer. Management wants to let the feud between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn run its course before moving Itami into a top spot to see if he can run with the ball.
March 14, 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
In a sign of just how valuable he has become to WWE, Sami Zayn has been chosen to be the first NXT action figure that Mattel produces. The former heavyweight champion is not a household name yet with the mainstream fans, but he has grown to become quite the marketing asset to the company. Management usually sends Zayn overseas to do promotional work, and he is often brought along to work various live events in other countries.
February 13, 2015
Since a lot of fans are already aware that Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are going to be engaged in a long term feud over the NXT Heavyweight Championship, the creative department has been tasked with figuring out a way to make Finn Balor seem like he has a chance at winning the belt. Expect his push to be strong because he is going to end up not winning the championship away when the two of them finally go face to face.
February 13, 2015
At the latest Takeover event, NXT fans saw Finn Balor defeating Adrian Neville, which means that he is now the top contender to the heavyweight championship. He is now scheduled to work a program with Kevin Owens, who defeated Sami Zayn in the main event tonight. Balor is on the receiving end of a push from WWE officials, but Owens is expected to remain the champion and feud with Zayn for the next several months.
February 12, 2015
It looks like those rumors about Kevin Owens being given a quick push by WWE were true. He is now the new NXT Heavyweight Champion after the latest Takeover event. The title change took place because the referee stopped the match. He feared for the safety of Sami Zayn, who had taken numerous power bombs from Owens. Since the pin never happened, Zayn still remains strong, and the feud should be able to continue just fine.
February 11, 2015
Over the next couple of days, Sami Zayn is going to be collecting a good amount of frequent flyer miles. He has already been sent to Abu Dhabi to do some promotional work for upcoming WWE live events. He will then head back to the United States in time to work the big NXT event on Wednesday, where Zayn will defend the heavyweight championship against Kevin Owens. Immediately afterwards, Zayn heads back overseas to work a tour.
February 9, 2015