Mick Foley had joined the chorus of wrestling personalities worried about Sami Zayn’s current situation.
Sami Zayn’s feud with Roman Reigns and the Bloodline has transformed from a silly comedy gimmick to the hottest story in WWE and possibly beyond.
The slow burn and gradual build was executed so well that, when Zayn finally pulled the trigger and turned on Reigns, the crowd at the 2023 Royal Rumble erupted in one of the loudest pops in years.
Zayn’s rise to the main-event scene has left WWE in a conundrum. It was reported recently that neither Vince McMahon nor Triple H see Sami Zayn as main-event material and the plan for WrestleMania is still Reigns vs. Cody Rhodes.
However, the road to WrestleMania passes through Montreal, which is Sami Zayn’s hometown. And at Elimination Chamber, Zayn will challenge Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.
This is a delicate situation that needs to be booked very carefully. One wrestler adding his opinion on the situation is Mick Foley.
On his Foley is Pod podcast, Mick Foley warned WWE to be extremely careful, not only with how Zayn is treated up to and in his title challenge against Reigns, but also in the aftermath.
Foley doesn’t doubt that Zayn will receive one of the biggest and loudest pops in recent memory, but he also worries that the wrong booking risks causing the fans to turn on Cody Rhodes, despite Rhodes doing no wrong in this situation.
“This is where the storytelling — the storytelling has been so strong. WWE has to be really careful in how they treat what they have in Sami Zayn. So if it’s a one-off, I think fans will be upset and subconsciously take that out on Cody.
So I think it’s really important that Sami be treated reverently by the people in charge. Because, you know, we call him ‘The gift that keeps on giving.’ We want him to just keep on giving. You don’t want this title shot to be the peak of his storyline and then soon forgotten.”
h/t Fightful for the transcription