This was Sami's first match since June 2018 as he was forced to take time off to undergo double shoulder surgery to repair both of his torn rotator cuffs. Sami's last match came against then-Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley at Money In the Bank 2018, and his return match was against the current Intercontinental Champion.
Sami may have returned as a babyface but he cut a post-match promo that saw him rip on fans and turn back heel once again.
You can see photos and videos from Sami's return at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn below:
"The right thing to do, every single week, is to hold each and every one of you accountable... See you in Hell."@SamiZayn is on a mission to put the @WWEUniverse in its place. #RAWAfterMania #RAW pic.twitter.com/2Xe7XDRf4o— WWE (@WWE) April 9, 2019