WWE Fans React to the Brutal Last Man Standing Match Between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens on SmackDown

Published 07/02/2021, 11:18 PM EDT

This week on SmackDown (7/2), even Karma could not bring Sami Zayn ‘justice.’ He and former best friend Kevin Owens took part in a highly physical ‘Last Man Standing match’ to determine a spot for the Money in the Bank ladder match.


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Owens started dominating Zayn early in the match. Owens threw him over the barrier as Zayn dropped him on the LED boards. KO and Zayn both slammed each other over the announce table.


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Owens also used two tables on the ringside and tried to slam Zayn onto it. Later on, both men slammed onto tables. The match had several close counts when the Superstars stood up at 7 or even 9.

However, KO won the match as he planted Zayn with back-to-back strikes. Owens first used a stunner, then two big power bombs onto the announce table and the table on the ringside.

Owens dragged Sami Zayn with his beard and slammed him on the apron with another powerbomb. After these, Zayn was unable to stand up, and Owens got the win.

The former Universal champion is now a confirmed participant in the MITB ladder match alongside Ricochet, John Morrison, Riddle, Drew McIntyre, and Big E.

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Fans react to the brutal Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn match on WWE SmackDown

After the highly physical match, fans quickly jumped on social media to show their appreciation. Both men were appreciated for their long withstanding rivalry and delivery of excellent matches. Here are some fan reactions –

Some commented on their rivalry from NXT days and looked at their history –

Owens has secured his position in the ladder match, but Zayn may not be far behind. Even if he does not actively participate in the match, fans can hope to see the Great Liberator interrupting Owens.

There are only two spots left in the match. Next week, SmackDown will have two matches to determine the spots.


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The first match will be between Cesaro and Seth Rollins and the other would be ‘King’ Shinsuke Nakamura vs Baron Corbin.

Kevin Owens has had quite a few accolades to his name, but he is yet to win the coveted Money in the Bank briefcase. Do you think Owens could capture it this time? Or would Sami ruin his chances further? Let us know in the comments below.


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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.



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