WWE held their 2023 Elimination Chamber Premium Live Event last Saturday night inside the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with current Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns successfully retaining his Undisputed WWE Universal Championship against Sami Zayn in the main event. Prior to The Tribal Chief securing the win over Sami Zayn, there were a number of close pinfall attempts, a couple of referees being taken out and interference from Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso), but Jey Uso didn’t turn on Sami and instead, Sami Zayn accidentally speared Jey while contemplating whether or not he will hit Sami with a chair.
Immediately following the match, Roman continued his beatdown on Sami Zayn with the help of Jimmy Uso until Kevin Owens made his return to save Sami and Owens laid out The Bloodline to send the fans home happy, but Owens didn’t stand side-by-side with Zayn in the ring and just returned to the back. Plans have been in the works for a number of weeks now to have Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens challenge The Usos for their Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships at WrestleMania 39 as WWE didn’t want a Triple Threat Match between Roman Reigns, Cody Rhodes and Sami Zayn at WrestleMania and it seems that this is still the WWE’s plans coming out of the Elimination Chamber Event.
Despite several members of the WWE Universe wanting to see Sami in the Undisputed WWE Universal Title Match at WrestleMania 39, that will not be happening as both Vince McMahon and Triple H don’t see him as a main event star even though he has boosted TV ratings, attendance and interest in recent weeks.
Dave Meltzer stated on a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Radio Program that the plan was for Roman Reigns to defend his Undisputed WWE Universal Title against Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania 39 in a Singles Match and not a Triple Threat Match, with the addition of Sami Zayn and watching Cody Rhodes’ interview on RAW last Monday night, he was under the impression that WWE could still change the match and make it a Triple Threat Match if they wanted to, but he was told WWE won’t do anything with Sami.
This is what Dave Meltzer said:
“I know what the plan was as of, even a week ago, and it was Roman and Cody. It’s not Sami being thrown in. Could they do it? They could always change. I thought watching the Cody interview with Sami (on Monday’s WWE Raw), ‘Maybe you do make it a three-way.’”
“Look, I was told they weren’t going to do anything with the Sami thing, but you always go…it could always change.”
H/T to WrestlingNews.co for transcribing the quotes.