Sami Zayn still doesn’t have a feud on Raw. On Monday, Zayn defeated Jinder Mahal in a sporadically booked match.
That’s no surprise considering Zayn is one of WWE’s brightest stars of the New Era. But that’s the problem, he hasn’t been in an actual feud since defeating new Universal Champion Kevin Owens at Battleground.
Zayn’s too valuable not to be working a weekly angle. He’s provided several “Match of the Year” candidates at numerous pay-per-views in 2016.
So let’s help WWE figure it out. Here are some potential feuds for Zayn moving forward:
Chris Jericho provides the perfect opponent for Zayn. His current heel run might be the best of his career, which is saying something considering he’s a future Hall of Famer.
Zayn’s happy-go-lucky underdog character would play the perfect protagonist to Jericho’s grouchy veteran persona. Plus the two would make magic in the ring. Jericho is still one of the best workers in the company, even at 45 and would be stellar working with Zayn.
Also, Jericho’s tag team partner is now Universal Champion, so he could be searching for a feud of his own. That is unless his match against Neville this week was building toward one.
Braun Strowman can’t compete in squash matches forever. Eventually he’s going to need to face a credible, full-time WWE employee to be taken seriously.
Strowman is still pretty green and would need an ideal opponent. At this point, Zayn could probably have a match against a broom and make it look good.
Plus, facing the hulking monster heel would fit his “Underdog From the Underground” persona. The feud would be a classic monster heel vs. smaller babyface angle and Zayn would be able to make it work.
This isn’t implying that Neville should turn heel, although that might give his career a jolt. But with neither Superstar in a set feud, it could benefit WWE to rehash a successful NXT storyline.
Zayn’s feud with Neville was the highpoint of his run in the developmental brand. After numerous unsuccessful attempts, the Montreal native finally captured the NXT Championship when he defeated “The Man That Gravity Forgot” at NXT TakeOver: R Evolution.
Again, it could start out as a friendly face vs. face rivalry and evolve into something more. But as of now, Zayn and Neville both deserve more consistent booking on Raw and need to find an angle as soon as possible. We already know that they have great chemistry, so why not give it another shot on the main roster?
It’s always going to be there. Owens and Zayn are destined to feud for the remainder of their careers. They’ve done it in the indies, NXT and most recently on the main roster.
But now Owens is Raw’s main champion, which would make wrestling’s longest-running feud even more important. Unfortunately for Zayn, Owens looks to be entering a feud with Seth Rollins after Triple H’s interference cost him Monday’s title match.
Still, Zayn could be a third participant to the angle. He did defeat Owens in their last match, which gives him an incentive to challenge the champion. Plus, putting Zayn in an angle with Owens and Rollins would provide outstanding matches.