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As we reported earlier this afternoon, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn were apparently sent home early from the WWE European tour. We knew that the Canadian duo were sent home by management after Tuesday’s Smackdown taping, but other than that details were scarce.
Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet is now reporting that Owens and Zayn were sent home after disagreeing with a creative decision, and possibly even going into business for themselves on Smackdown. According to the report, the two were supposed to take a beating from members of The New Day following Sami’s match with Kofi Kingston. As we saw from Tuesday night’s show, Owens hit the ring and beat down Kofi after the bout, but the two quickly rolled out of the ring and walked away leaving the segment in an awkward spot.
Furthermore, Satin noted that sources have reached out to him saying that Owens and Zayn have been “slightly difficult to work with” and “seem unhappy backstage” at WWE events.
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It’ll be interesting to see how this story plays out, or if WWE acknowledges their absence from the European tour in any way. Triple H and Kurt Angle have both worked dates on the tour to beef up the roster, so losing two of Smackdown’s top stars probably isn’t going to go over well with anyone. At this point, neither Superstar has a match at next weekend’s Survivor Series pay-per-view and they’re involvement in the big show, if anything, is still unknown.