One of the biggest criticisms Monday Night RAW’s creative team has faced since the brand extension is that they are focusing solely on a handful of superstars in the main event scene.
A couple of months ago, most of the episodes were dominated by Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho, Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins – and fans quickly got bored of it.
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Things have changed slightly since then, and we’ve seen Samoa Joe thrown into the mix and he’s looked dominant from the second he first appeared on the main roster.
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Since taking out Rollins, he’s been built up as a destructive force brought in by Triple H to do his dirty work, but when you have a new heel, there needs to be a new face opposite him and we had that with Sami Zayn as he tried – and failed – to defeat Joe at the RAW-exclusive Fastlane pay-per-view last week.
Zayn was featured a lot more in recent weeks, but his brief push has reportedly come to an end according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
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Apparently, WWE didn’t have plans to put Zayn in the position he’s in right now but were forced to do so after Rollins went down with an untimely injury.
The reason for doing that was because Reigns then became the only regularly performing top face on the red brand, and it’s not like he was receiving mainly positive reactions in the first place.
However, certain factors have now resulted in WWE no longer needing Zayn in the role they’ve had him in over the last few weeks, firstly, because Jericho is a face once more.
Not only that, but Finn Balor is back in action while Rollins is expected to return soon as well, so WWE no longer needs Zayn in a top spot which is unfortunate as it’s so close to WrestleMania and he’s probably going to miss out being in a prominent match yet again.
According to his Fastlane review, that’s the night WWE perhaps made the decision to end the push.
According to Reddit, Meltzer said: “There were two thoughts on this match.
“They could go out and do a great match in 15-17 minutes and steal the show. Or you could go with the idea this isn’t the time to do a great match (and that was my thought), and Joe should just kill him since it’s Joe’s time to get over and Zayn isn’t being pushed much.
“Plus, with Jericho turning and Rollins and Balor returning, the brief push of Zayn which was necessary when Reigns was the only babyface singles star on the brand is no longer necessary.”
While he did a great job for the company when they needed him the most, it’s a shame they don’t see him as a valuable asset to continue pushing him, as the fans are clearly behind him.
What do you make of WWE no longer pushing Sami Zayn? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.
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