In a significant turn of events, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens are set to defend their Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships against the WWE Champion & Universal Champion Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa at the upcoming Night of Champions 2023 pay-per-view event in Saudi Arabia.
Notably, this marks Zayn’s long-awaited return to Saudi Arabia after an absence of several years. During the latest installment of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer shed light on the reasons behind Zayn’s decision to make an appearance in Saudi Arabia, considering his previous unavailability.
It is pertinent to mention that Zayn hails from Syrian ancestry. In 2017, Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties with Syria, which caused strain in the relationship between the two nations. This rupture was primarily triggered by Saudi Arabia’s involvement in supplying arms to the rebels during the Syrian Civil War. To summarize the complex history, the recent development showcases a resumption of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Syria, leading to Zayn’s choice to partake in this event. Additionally, Owens, in a display of solidarity with his tag team partner, had been steadfastly declining participation in Saudi shows. However, he has now reached an agreement to accompany Zayn to the event.
WWE Night of Champions 2023 is scheduled to take place on May 27 in the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
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