Sami Zayn is one of the most beloved superstars in the WWE. He won the crowd over with his catchy ring music, his amazing in-ring ability, and promo skills. His feuds against the likes of Neville and Kevin Owens during his time in NXT are arguably the best rivalries he has had in the company to date.
Zayn is a brilliant superstar and has definitely earned the spot. He's had some great matches in the past couple of weeks, including against Shinsuke Nakamura at NXT TakeOver: Dallas, in the Intercontinental Championship ladder match at WrestleMania 32, and most recently against AJ Styles on Monday Night Raw.
Former WWE announcer Jim Ross commented on his blog about the recent match between Styles and Zayn on Raw, saying the Canadian has the capability to be a main eventer.
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He said: “Zayn is a main eventer in waiting and he’s likely not going to be waiting long. Talented, dedicated pro. BTW working stiff isn’t a crime but working in a careless manner is. Don’t believe all that you read or ‘hear.’"
Zayn is not far away from reaching that stage in his career, but the only thing that has held him back over recent years is injuries.
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The former NXT Champion has made two debuts on the main roster. His first came back in May 2015 when he answered the call of John Cena's U.S. Open Challenge for the United States Championship. Introduced by WWE Hall of Famer Bret 'The Hitman' Hart, Zayn came out to a thunderous crowd to accept the challenge in his hometown of Montreal.
Unfortunately, Zayn lost the match and picked up a shoulder injury before the match had even started, which delayed his move to the main roster on a full-time basis. He ended up being out for seven months, and wouldn't appear on a main roster show again until the Royal Rumble earlier this year.
He then made his proper return to the main roster in March when he attacked his arch-rival Owens, which lead to him being booked in the Intercontinental Championship picture at WrestleMania.
Zayn's time on the main roster so far has only been short, but his skills developed over several years puts him in a prime position for a main event push. He would be a great competitor for Roman Reigns, and he would help The Big Dog tune his skills to become a better superstar. The only problem is, would the WWE push him?
With so many injuries on the roster right now, now would be the perfect time to be given a main event shot. However, the feeling might be that he needs to hold a minor title first before given a shot. If not that, another good feud against his old rival Owens could be the only thing he needs, and then we can start thinking about him in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship picture.