In the tumultuous world of professional wrestling, Sami Zayn has undoubtedly been one of the most captivating figures of 2023. The year has seen him go through a rollercoaster of highs and lows, all leading to a highly anticipated showdown at WWE Crown Jewel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Zayn's year started with a bang as he was part of the formidable faction known as The Bloodline. However, it was his shocking turn on Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble that sent shockwaves through the WWE Universe. This unforgettable moment will be etched in the annals of wrestling history for years to come.
His feud with Reigns reached its pinnacle at Elimination Chamber, where Zayn came agonizingly close to dethroning Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship in front of his hometown crowd in Montreal. The near-miss only fueled his determination to reach the pinnacle of WWE.
Tag Team Triumph at WrestleMania 39
A surprising twist in Zayn's journey saw him team up with his longtime friend Kevin Owens. The duo's partnership led them to claim the WWE Tag Team Championship in the main event of night one of WrestleMania 39, a crowning achievement in their careers.
However, their success was short-lived. At Payback in September, Zayn and Owens lost their titles to the formidable team of Damian Priest and Finn Balor, with a controversial assist from The Judgment Day faction and JD McDonagh.
To compound matters, Zayn faced the setback of Owens' move to SmackDown due to Jey Uso's transfer to Raw. Now, Zayn is left to navigate Monday nights on his own. The latest development in Zayn's journey is his confirmed appearance on the Kick Off show for Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia, where he will square off against JD McDonagh.
Notably, this marks Zayn's return to Saudi Arabia after a prolonged absence, due in part to the restoration of international relations between Saudi Arabia and Syria in May 2023. As Zayn prepares to make his mark on the grand stage of Crown Jewel, wrestling fans worldwide eagerly anticipate the next chapter in his remarkable year.
Will he rise to the occasion and cement his legacy in WWE history? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain: Sami Zayn's journey in 2023 has been nothing short of extraordinary.