WWE: Sami Zayn Returns to Raw, Challenges Finn Balor for Intercontinental Championship
Sami Zayn is back on Monday Night Raw!
Zayn returned to action after missing the better part of a year following double shoulder surgery. The way WWE re-introduced Zayn was a bit disappointing, however, as they showed him backstage prior to the return as opposed to simply letting his music play for the crowd in the arena.
Even more disappointing was the fact that Zayn returned a week before WWE goes to Montreal for both Raw and SmackDown Live for their Superstar Shakeup. Zayn, of course, is from Montreal and could have gotten an even bigger reaction if he returned as a surprise in his home town.
Zayn would get a chance at Championship gold, though, as he faced off against the newly-crowned Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor for the Title. This was a good change of pace up just one night after WrestleMania as WWE has been prone to doing simple rematches the night after ‘Mania in the past.
Balor would ultimately retain but Zayn would subsequently reveal his heel tendencies soon after. He would go on a rant about how the WWE Universe was toxic and ugly and that’s the reason the environment was so bad.
Zayn was a heel when he was injured prior to this return. He’s sticking with that side of the coin moving forward, it would seem.