Sami Zayn was asked about fighting his “best friend” Kevin Owens up next in the Smackdown main event. He says that for years he was always proud and happy of Kevin’s success because they’re lifelong best friends. Sami said he has watched Owens become United States Champion, Intercontinental Champion and even WWE Universal Champion and now… it’s his turn. He acknowledges that KO turns into a monster and he’ll stop at nothing to earn a title shot and a main event at WrestleMania, and it time that he shows the world he can become that same person.
#1 Contender’s Match
KEVIN OWENS vs. SAMI ZAYN
WWE Champion AJ Styles is sitting ringside for this bout. We’re not getting a handshake before this main event match. They lock up with Owens shooting the half and trying to take his best friend down. Sami gets in a shot to the eyes and gives his opponent a devilish look, as Owens connects with a stiff back elbow shot to return the favor. The two stare each other down and talk a little trash with Sami getting the better of the exchange, sending KO flying off the apron and into the barricade.
After a commercial break it’s all Zayn as he continues with quick and fierce offense, raining down with strikes and kicking combinations. He hit a wild springboard armdrag and the fans actually started getting behind him, but Owens slammed him down hard on the mat to even the odds. They fought back and forth up to the top rope, both guys looking for positioning, and KO came out on top with a thumb to the eyes, sending his opponent crashing down to the mat below. He tried for a massive swanton bomb but Zayn rolled out of the way, threw him to the floor and connected with that crazy DDT through the bottom rope!
Sami slowly got to his feet and rolled them both back into the ring, looking to put things away. He tried for the Helluva Kick but ran right into a brutal superkick, and this time Owens came off the top rope successfully with a mega frog splash. After only getting a close two-count KO screamed at the referee and his best friend yelling, “JUST STAY DOWN! I’M THE ONE WHO WINS TITLES!” He tried for the pop-up powerbomb but Zayn caught him with an exploder suplex into his signature Blue Thunder Bomb! 1…2…NO!
Both guys slowly rolled to the floor completely exhausted. They started trading punches one after another, both just trying to take the other guy off his feet. They both got in the face of AJ Styles who immediately went after them, causing the referee to call for the bell.
Result: No Contest
The three fought back into the ring as the WWE Champion hit both men with forearms and pele kicks. He flew over the ropes to take them both down before getting on the mic, demanding that he get a fair opponent for Fastlane. Daniel Bryan came out and announced that because Styles got involved in an excellent match, it will now be a triple threat match for the WWE Championship at WWE Fastlane.