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Sami Zayn has been confirmed to be the next guest on Broken Skull Sessions.

Not just do we now know that the Great Liberator will be chewing the fat with Steve Austin, but it’s also been announced that the episode will premiere this Friday on WWE Network and Peacock.

Zayn will join Becky Lynch, Ron Simmons, Lita, Bully Ray, Cody Rhodes, and Jeff Jarrett in being Broken Skull Sessions guests so far in 2022.

With an in-ring career that dates back to 2002, the former El Generico has been with WWE since 2013. At one point dubbed the Heart and Soul of NXT – including a 62-day reign as NXT Champion – Sami has been officially on the main roster since shortly after NXT TakeOver: Dallas in 2016.

During his time in WWE, Zayn has amassed three runs as Intercontinental Champion and earlier this year had a mainstream media-grabbing bout against Jackass star Johnny Knoxville at WrestleMania 38. Of course, the Quebec-born grappler is these days intertwined with the Bloodline on SmackDown – where he is a pseudo member of the faction.

In addition to his WWE tenure, the 38-year-old turned himself, as El Generico, into one of the hottest acts on the independent scene thanks to his work in the likes of Ring of Honor, Pro Wrestling Guerilla, Dragon Gate, and Chikara. Away from the squared circle, the real-life Rami Sebei does fantastic work with his Sami for Syria fund which supports the Syrian American Medical Society.

Ricochet is your new WWE Intercontinental Champion.

Tonight’s SmackDown on FOX episode opened with Ricochet winning the strap from Sami Zayn. The finish saw Jackass star Johnny Knoxville distract Zayn, allowing Ricochet to finish him off.

This is Ricochet’s first run with the Intercontinental Title. Zayn won the title back on the February 11 SmackDown by defeating Shinsuke Nakamura. He held the title for 13 recognized days.

There is talk going around the WWE locker room that Sami Zayn has signed a new contract with the promotion.

This is according to Dave Meltzer, who writes in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter that despite the backstage chatter, WWE sources have not yet indicated that Zayn has re-signed.

Sami’s latest WWE contract was believed to be up sometime in late 20221/early 2022, depending on time added on due to inactivity. He would have likely become a free agent at the same time as long-time friend/onscreen rival Kevin Owens, whose previous deal ran out in late January 2022. As confirmed this week, KO has since agreed a new three-year WWE deal, which Meltzer believes will pay him something in the region of $2-3 million per year.

Meltzer states that if Sami has re-signed, his new numbers are unknown. Like Owens, however, his new deal would be unlikely to include a “no cut” clause protecting him from being let go by the promotion prior to his contract’s expiry date.

Zayn, who has been with WWE since signing in 2013, has been featured prominently in recent weeks, hovering around the Universal Title storyline with Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns.

Finn Balor and Zelina Vega are headed to WWE Crown Jewel.

Tonight’s WWE Supersized SmackDown saw Balor defeat Sami Zayn in the blue brand semi-finals of the 2021 King of the Ring Tournament. Balor will now go to Crown Jewel for the tournament finals against the winner of Monday’s RAW semi-finals match between Xavier Woods and Jinder Mahal.

SmackDown also saw Zelina Vega defeat Carmella in the blue brand semi-finals of the inaugural Queen’s Crown Tournament, thanks to interference by Liv Morgan. Vega will now advance to the finals at Crown Jewel, against the winner of Doudrop vs. Shayna Baszler on Monday’s RAW.

The 2021 WWE Crown Jewel event will take place on Thursday, October 21 from The Mohammed Abdu Arena on the Boulevard in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Below is the updated card, along with related photos/videos from tonight’s SmackDown tournament matches, plus the updated Queen’s Crown and King of the Ring brackets:

WWE Universal Title Match
Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns (c)

WWE Title Match
Drew McIntyre vs. Big E (c)

Triple Threat for the SmackDown Women’s Title
Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Belair vs. Becky Lynch (c)

RAW Tag Team Titles Match
AJ Styles and Omos vs. Randy Orton and Riddle (c)

No Holds Barred Match
Bobby Lashley vs. WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg

Hell In a Cell Match
Seth Rollins vs. WWE Hall of Famer Edge

Queen’s Crown Tournament Finals
Zelina Vega vs. Doudrop or Shayna Baszler

King of the Ring Tournament Finals
Finn Balor vs. Jinder Mahal or Xavier Woods

Mansoor vs. Mustafa Ali

Edge already has eyes on future opponents.

The ‘Rated-R Superstar’ told Sports Illustrated (scroll down the linked page) that he “can’t wait” to wrestle Sami Zayn at some point soon – Edge pitched a Canadian vs. Canadian story, and said he’d “love” to work the first match in Toronto. He then revealed that keeping the feud “real simple” would be for the best.

Zayn’s mic skills got a love during the interview too. Edge said that the “element of truth” to Sami’s words make his promos even better, and that’s (partly) why fans find his delusional conspiracy theorist gimmick so easy to boo. They’re in on the gag, basically, but have a blast playing along.

That’s something Edge “really digs”.

There’s no doubt that both men could work some magic together. The pair are also spinning their wheels a little on SmackDown, or will be soon. Edge’s rivalry with Seth Rollins should wrap up at Extreme Rules on 26 September, and Sami hasn’t really had much going on since his own program with Kevin Owens ended earlier this year.

Edge did most of the heavy lifting for WWE’s creative team here. Let’s hope they were listening.

Sami Zayn’s WWE contract is set to expire before the end of the year, according to the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

An exact date it expires is still unknown. Zayn first signed with WWE back in 2013.

This comes after word of Kevin Owens’ WWE contract expiring in January of 2022, and not early 2023 as originally thought. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted the exact date is January 31, 2022.

Word within WWE is the expectation that Owens will not be sticking around, and instead, heading to AEW to be with his friends — The Young Bucks and Adam Cole. The group was formally known as “Mount Rushmore” during their time on the indies.

A Fatal 4 Way for the WWE Intercontinental Title has been announced for next Friday’s post-WrestleMania Backlash edition of SmackDown on FOX.

The match will see Apollo Crews defend his title against Big E, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.

These four Superstars have been feuding for a few weeks now. Tonight’s SmackDown saw Crews hold a Nigerian Medal of Honor ceremony for Commander Azeez, to reward him for his loyalty as of late. This segment was interrupted by Big E on the big screen, then by Zayn and Owens. The segment ended with a big brawl with Azeez and the other Superstars. Crews later stormed into the office of Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville, but left just as angry as he went in after Pearce announced the Fatal 4 Way for next week.

Crews won the WWE Intercontinental Title from Big E back at Night Two of WrestleMania 37, defeating him in a Nigerian Drum Fight by the debuting Azeez.

YouTube star Logan Paul appeared at WrestleMania 37 Night Two and watched from ringside as Kevin Owens defeated Sami Zayn in the third match of the show.

Paul was at WrestleMania as Sami’s guest of honor. The match was back & forth for the most part but Zayn did dominate at times. The finish saw Owens block a Helluva Kick and deliver two superkicks of his own, then drop Sami with a Stunner for the pin to win.

After the match, Paul came in the ring to check on Zayn. He then offered a handshake to Owens but Sami yelled at him and left disappointed, ranting at Paul for joining the enemy when he was his guest of honor. Paul then raised Owens’ arm in victory as Zayn walked to the back. Owens ended up dropping Paul with a Stunner in the middle of the ring for a big pop from the crowd. Owens celebrated and greeted family at ringside as officials helped Paul from the ring.

WWE Hall of Famer JBL did guest commentary for this match, joining Michael Cole and Corey Graves at ringside.

In May of 2019 WWE tried out a new Electric Chair Q&A segment on RAW with Sami Zayn (literally sitting in an electric chair) with Corey Graves also in the ring with him. Kayla Braxton and Sarah Schreiber fielded questions from people in the crowd to make things more unpredictable for the WWE Superstar.

During the segment, Zayn said the crowd could ask him about anything — “even AEW.”

Zayn recently spoke with Rick Ucchino of Sportskeeda and recalled people backstage not being thrilled with him mentioning the then up-and-coming promotion.

“So it wasn’t entirely, entirely off the cuff but it was off the cuff to a certain degree, and the reaction was, uh, let’s say unfavorable [Laughs] since the electric chair met its demise that very same week,” Zayn said.

Zayn remembered AEW was getting a lot of buzz due to not only an upcoming PPV, but it was right around when they signed a TV deal with TNT. He was fully expecting fans to ask him about WWE’s potential rival.

“It was right on everybody’s mind,” Zayn recalled. “It was super, super fresh and I think they had just announced this TV deal. They had just announced that this wasn’t just going to be a pay-per-view. This is going to be a competitor and all this sort of stuff. And they tell me that we’re doing this segment where it’s legitimately, you know, unplanned questions and anybody could ask anything. So at the time this was the number one topic in the wrestling world. So you kind of expected to be asked about it.”

WWE apparently wanted the segment to be — pardon the pun — shocking to fans, but the questions being asked weren’t doing it, according to Zayn. Feeling like the segment needed some extra spice, he decided to add it himself.

“What they were going for was that it had a very risky, unpredictable feel to it,” Zayn stated. “As I was out there, I was like, this doesn’t have these vibes, these questions are too sterile. So I felt like it was upon me, it was incumbent upon me, to sort of make it controversial. And the fact that we’re talking about it now, all this time later, you know I hate to say I was right, but I kind of think I was right to do it.”

Although he believes that WWE management wants to suppress him from having another big title run, Sami Zayn beat the odds this week on Friday Night SmackDown when he and King Corbin won their tag team match to qualify for the Universal Championship Contender Match at Elimination Chamber.

When he spoke with Kayla Braxton and Paul Heyman on Talking Smack, Zayn oozed sheer confidence that a title match with Reigns is destined to happen at the Elimination Chamber, but he believes their main event match could go either way.

“Paul and I tend to agree on a lot of things,” Sami Zayn began. “I’m sure we have differing opinions on what would happen if Sami Zayn and Roman Reigns faced off for the Universal Championship. That’s fine. I have a lot of respect for what Roman Reigns has become, really. All this stuff I talk about, about toeing the company line and being the sort of corporate poster boy and all of that stuff. Man, I hate to say it, but that was Roman Reigns once upon a time ago. He was the golden goose, and he knew, you know, where his bread was buttered, and he toed the company line.

“But eventually, he realized that the company is breading their butter with Roman Reigns. He realized he was their golden goose, and he started playing them instead of being played by them. So, I respect that. I’m not going to sit here and come on the show and say that, ‘Oh, if I go in the ring with the Universal Champion Roman Reigns, I would plow through him.’ Man to man, head-to-head, on any given night, it could go either way. That’s what I think. But this is a step closer than I’ve gotten in a long, long, long time.”