The Bloodline storyline has taken a long time to develop in WWE and Sami Zayn recently shared the origins of the story along with the involvement of Roman Reigns.
Sami Zayn has been a key member of The Bloodline group led by Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso), and The Usos’ younger brother, Solo Sikoa. While Zayn is not a blood relative, he has proven his loyalty to the group going from a guy wearing a Bloodline shirt to becoming an Honorary Uce in October, and now he’s getting “Sami Uso” chants everywhere he goes.
Since Reigns is involved, the story gets a lot of television, and Zayn has played a key role both as an in-ring performer as well as when he’s involved in backstage segments with the group.
At Survivor Series on November 26th, Zayn proved his loyalty to The Bloodline by saving Reigns when Kevin Owens hit him with a Stunner and went for a pinfall. Zayn followed that up with a low blow to his best friend Owens along with a Helluva Kick to the face. Jey Uso finished off Owens with a top rope Uso Splash after that. Zayn celebrated by hugging Reigns and Jey, who had been reluctant to trust Zayn for months.
Zayn recently spoke to Peter Rosenberg on Cheap Heat by talking about how the story for The Bloodline started over a year ago before Survivor Series 2021. The photo that is at the top of this article is from an April 2022 backstage segment, which should remind you that Zayn was still trying to earn the trust of the group eight months ago. Zayn explained why he thought it would be interesting to put have him interact with The Bloodline group.
“I won’t pull the curtain back too much, but the idea was kicked around about a year ago, a good six months before the seeds were even planted on screen. The first time I think there was any interaction between myself and the Bloodline was just after WrestleMania. In actuality, the idea was first discussed going into Survivor Series of last year. I was doing this whole thing on SmackDown where I was the longest-tenured member as the locker room leader.”
“I thought it’d be something interesting with the locker room leader and Head of the Table. The premise being, the Head of the Table isn’t in the locker room anymore. I wasn’t originally envisioning being a full member of the Bloodline or anything like that, just something to where Roman and I can occasionally get on screen together in a light-hearted way and I’m giving him these reports of what’s going on and what he needs to be careful for. Every once in a while, I get things kicked my way too. That was sort of the idea.”
“It was talked about with Roman as well. We were sitting at catering one day, and I heard an interview that he did with Ariel Helwani where he was very kind towards me and saying nice things about me as an on-screen character and that he’d like to do something down the road with me one day. We got to talking and I don’t remember exactly how it went, but it was a mutual thing.”
On the December 2nd edition of Smackdown, Sami Zayn picked up a big win over Sheamus thanks to The Usos and Solo helping him out.