Smackdown: Sami Zayn becomes a mystery

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Smackdown: Sami Zayn becomes a mystery

Sami Zayn is framed backstage rehearsing in the mirror pretending to talk to Team SmackDown for the Survivor Series making a motivational speech as if he were the captain, while Jeff Hardy is there beside him without realizing it and then tells him that the speech sucked.

Shortly after, still backstage, we see the journalist congratulating Aliyah and asking her what is going through her head after the victory and she replies that she is happy for everything, but Sonya Deville thinks about spoiling the party with a strange question: "How long have you known Naomi?"

What's next for Sami Zayn?

Sami Zayn wasn't the leader of Team SmackDown, but he certainly was the most vocal one.

He was preparing a speech in front of the mirror in the locker room, and Jeff Hardy, his fellow team member, was seen looking at him. Adam Pearce, next to NXT Superstar Von Wagner, told the two men that either one of them was going to get removed from the Blue brand's Survivor Series team.

And then she goes on like it's nothing about her telling her that she's off the team for the Survivor Series. Backstage Kayla Braxton tries to interview Roman Reigns, but he silences her leaving room for Paul Heyman who obviously praises the Tribal Chief saying that Xavier Woods will bow at the end of their match tonight.

Kevin Owens was left in shock after the kick, but that’s wasn’t the only surprising thing that happened. If you look closely at the replay, Sami Zayn can be seen making an off movement with his right arm before the kick connected.

The reason for this was that ‘El Genercio’ was going for the traditional thigh slap, a technique used by professional wrestlers to generate a sharp click, which makes their move sound impactful. However, it hit him somewhere towards the end that the move was banned in WWE, which is why he immediately diverted his hand before it hit his thigh.

It was later noted that the punishment for continuing this practice is a fine, although the exact number isn’t known. All we know is that Vince McMahon has decided that this move is probably not the best if WWE wants to continue selling its product, which has been criticized as ‘fake’ by many.

Certain moves like the Superkick and even finishers like Drew McIntyre’s Claymore Kick require the thigh slap as an essential part of the sell. The sickening crack sound that comes on the impact makes it look like the kick really did its damage.