WWE Battleground: Sami Zayn Vs. Kevin Owens

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Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens

We go to the ring and out first comes Sami Zayn. Kevin Owens is out next. Sami misses a Helluva Kick to start the match. They end up on the floor brawling early on. Sami takes control after whipping Owens into barriers and hitting a stiff clothesline. Sami rolls Owens back in and ducks a clothesline, then hits a kick to the face for a quick pin attempt.

Owens takes control after crotching Sami on the top rope. Owens with the corner cannonball for a 2 count. Owens keeps control and drops Sami for another 2 count. Owens with elbows to the face now. Owens keeps up the offense on Sami as fans do the "ole!" chant. Owens mocks their chants and goes for a suplex but it's blocked. Owens blocks that and drops Sami ribs first over the top rope. Owens with a kick to the back and then the front. Owens with a running senton for a 2 count.

Owens keeps Sami grounded now. Owens mocks fans chanting Sami's name as he keeps him down in a headlock. Sami finally manages to cut Owens off with a clothesline. They end up on the apron and Sami looks to botch a move, possibly hurting his shoulder. Owens takes control and brings it back in but Sami hits a Blue Thunderbomb for a close 2 count. They go to the corner and Sami fights off a superplex. Sami sends Owens to the mat with headbutts. Sami comes off the top but has to roll through. Owens with a big superkick for a close 2 count.

Owens goes right to a crossface submission but Sami hangs on. The hold is finally broken after Sami gets a foot on the bottom rope. Owens with a big clothesline in the corner. And another. Sami blocks the next and hits the exploder suplex into the corner. Sami goes for a Helluva Kick but Owens rolls to the floor. Sami goes to the top but Owens comes to the apron. Owens grabs Sami on his shoulders but Sami fights out. Sami with a brainbuster on the apron for a big pop. The referee counts as both men are down.

Fans chant "this is awesome" now. Sami rolls back in the ring. Owens starts to move around 6. He makes it back in at the 9 count. Both are still down. They trade shots now. Dueling chants by fans as they unload on each other in the middle of the ring. Sami forces Owens to the ropes for a break. Owens rolls to the floor. Sami goes to the floor and readies for the big tornado DDT through the turnbuckles. He goes for it but Owens meets him in mid-air with a superkick. Owens with a sick corner cannonball. Owens goes up top and hits the frogsplash but Sami kicks out at 2. Sami blocks a pop-up powerbomb and hits a tornado DDT. Sami goes for a Helluva Kick but Owens nails a superkick. Sami blocks the pop-up powerbomb. Sami with a big suplex onto Owens' head but Owens comes right back at him and eats another. Sami with a 2 count as the crowd goes wild on their feet. Owens ends up hitting the pop-up powerbomb but Sami gets his foot under the bottom rope to break the pin.

Owens is frustrated now. Fans chant "this is awesome" again. Owens yells at Sami to stay down. Owens slaps Sami twice. Sami tells him to bring it. Another slap. Sami fights back. Owens runs into a big exploder suplex. Sami with another suplex, dropping Owens on his head. Sami nails the Helluva Kick. Sami holds Owens' body up, looks at him and runs in for another Helluva Kick and the win.

Winner: Sami Zayn

After the match, the music hits as Sami stands tall. Fans sing his theme song. We go to replays and come back to Sami taking it all in.


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