Monday night’s episode of Raw was an incredible show, to say the very least. With many great matches on hand in Montreal, there was one that stood out that surprised many fans: John Cena’s U.S. Championship Invitational.
For the last couple of months since Cena won the United States Championship, he has held weekly title defenses against anyone that wanted an opportunity, living up to the moniker “you want some, come get some.”
And he has warded off many and had many great defenses from opponents like Kane, Dean Ambrose, and Stardust, to name a few. This past Monday was no different. WWE Legend Bret “Hitman” Hart came out to introduce John’s opponent. Enter NXT Superstar Sami Zayn.
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Sami Zayn was met with a huge show of adulation from the hometown crowd and he did not disappoint. John gave the seasoned indie star a run for his money and in return, Zayn gave quite possibly the best performance of his career, hitting the 15-time world champion with everything he had and then some, including his incredible diving DDT through the middle turnbuckle on the floor and a barrage of other fantastic moves.
During the match, however, Zayn’s opponent on the May 20th NXT Take Over event for the NXT Championship, Kevin Owens, did not take kindly to Zayn’s arrival on Raw.
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He stated in one tweet “GO @JohnCena!!! #RAWMontreal” and 45 minutes later, he followed that with “All the @WWENXT dorks tweeting how proud they are of Sami Zayn should have their Twitter accounts suspended.”
Remember, it was Kevin Owens who not only defeated Zayn at NXT Take Over: Rival, but put Zayn on the shelf for a number of weeks. Zayn does get his long awaited rematch on the 20th, but how will he fair from his match versus John Cena this past Monday?
It was reported on WWE.com Tuesday that Sami Zayn would have to undergo an MRI on his left shoulder he injured in the early moments of his match on Raw. Physicians did look him over, but he wanted to continue. Yes, he did put on an amazing match, but how bad did he really hurt himself?
The MRI will tell. But, what will this do to his matchup against Kevin Owens?
Nevertheless, he received much high praise from the locker room and received proud praise from WWE COO Triple H who tweeted: “I watched a young kid in this same situation, his name was @JohnCena #SamiZayn VsJohnCena #RAW.”
Say what you will, injury or not, Sami Zayn versus John Cena was a pay-per-view worthy match and he will be phenomenal on the main roster.