During the NXT live event in Green Bay over the weekend, Finn Balor defended the heavyweight championship against Sami Zayn. It is interesting to note that Balor worked as a heel during the match. Finn has been teasing fans that the Bullet Club stable was coming to WWE soon. If formed, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows are more than likely going to be portraying heels, so it makes sense for Balor to become one as well.
January 17, 2016
When asked about which performers in NXT that he would love to wrestle on the main roster in WWE, Ryback mentioned Sami Zayn and Samoa Joe but really focused on Finn Balor. The former Intercontinental Champion showered Balor, who currently carries the heavyweight championship in the developmental brand, with quite a bit of praise, noting that Finn brings his best night in and night out.
January 5, 2016
As some of you may already know, NXT is doing a tour of the United Kingdom next week. The company had advertised Sami Zayn to be there but it was not clear at the time if he was going to be wrestling or just making an appearance. It has now been confirmed that the former heavyweight champion is going to be working matches now that he has healed from a serious shoulder injury that sidelined him for months.
December 7, 2015
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
For those of you that watched the latest episode of Monday Night Raw, Sami Zayn made his official debut by being the mystery challenger for the United States Heavyweight Championship held by John Cena. While it was a great performance and moment, it has left the internet wrestling community with a lot of questions, the most important of which pertains to his status on the main roster. He might not be making the jump yet.
May 5, 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
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