They came, they saw, they skanked, they hit stunners, they landed multiple helluva kicks, and they eventually defeated The Usos for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships. Yes, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens now hold WWE tag team gold for the very first time and they did it in historic fashion. This was the first time that the WWE tag team championships had been defended in a WrestleMania main event and it was also the first time that a star of Syrian descent, Zayn, was included in a Mania main event.
After much speculation about what would actually close WWE WrestleMania 39 night one, Zayn, Owens, and The Usos were given the honors. For weeks the word on the street had been that Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair would headline but they wound up playing semi-main to the dominant The Bloodline storyline. Considering how overwhelmingly beloved the end of the show was, it seems as if the right call was made.
The match itself was everything you would expect from all four men involved. There were plenty of big, impactful spots but, more importantly, the focus was on storytelling. When the time came for Sami to put the match away, he delivered three consecutive Helluva Kicks to Jey Uso in the corner of the ring. Each one received a bigger pop than the last, and you could visibly see the pain of months of being taken advantage of slowly draining away.
Following the win, the two men celebrated in the ring as Zayn’s music blared over the speakers. After leaving the ring, both took off for the post-show press conference where they reflected on their rise from PWG, in LA, to this win. There was also an emotional moment at the end where both men put over Jay and Mark Briscoe, noting Jay’s passing and how much he meant to both of them. Owens’ last words of the evening were to Jay up above, hoping they had made him proud.
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