Sami Zayn Gets Embarassed During the Gauntlet Match on Smackdown

Published 01/08/2021, 10:18 PM EST


Sami Zayn got a chance to become the challenger for the Universal Championship on WWE SmackDown’s January 8, 2020 episode.

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This would have been the perfect opportunity for him to get back at Roman Reigns after ‘The Tribal Chief’ schooled him on Twitter.

As a part of the number one contender’s Gauntlet Match, Zayn started off with Rey Mysterio on the opposite side of the ring.

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Considering that Zayn was the Intercontinental Champion until recently, the audience expected him to put up a brilliant performance. Unfortunately for him, Mysterio defeated Zayn in under a minute. It took Mysterio two kicks and a jump from the top of the ropes to eliminate Sami Zayn.

Zayn’s speech before he entered the ring lasted longer than the time he lasted inside the ring.

Big E secured the IC Championship after defeating Sami Zayn

On the last episode of 2020, the blue brand stripped Zayn off his Intercontinental Championship. Big E defeated Zayn in the lumberjack match and secured the title.

There were moments during that match when Zayn tried to escape the ring to keep the belt; however, the lumberjacks kept carrying him back to the ring. Finally, Big E mauled Zayn and became the champion.

Is WWE trying to bury Sami Zayn?

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WWE taking Zayn’s championship and then humiliating him with an under-the-minute loss raises eyebrows. It almost appears the company is trying to bury Zayn by embarrassing him.

While there is no specific reason for the company to do so, Zayn has called out the company on various occasions for belittling him. It’s possible the company has had enough and is now showing Zayn how brutal it can get if a Superstar gets in WWE’s bad books.

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Do you think Sami Zayn is getting buried by WWE? Let us know in the comments below.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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