Sami Zayn is currently in Abu Dhabi right now doing promotional work for the WWE live events in the United Arab Emirates this week. The reported plan is for Zayn to fly back to Orlando, Florida for the NXT Takeover: Rival special on Wednesday before flying back to Abu Dhabi for live events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Unless Zayn misses part of the UAE tour, he will likely miss Thursday’s NXT TV tapings at Full Sail University.
It’s possible that Zayn could be written off of TV for a few weeks to explain why he’s gone. This doesn’t mean that he’s going to lose his title match with Kevin Owens at Takeover. NXT will tape on Thursday and next Wednesday. There’s no word on how many shows will be taped each time but it’s usually between three and four. Zayn might be back before next week’s shows. He was previously written off of TV for a few weeks in December, selling injuries caused by Owens when he won the NXT title.
Zayn had an interview last month where he said he would like to compete on each portion of the tour. WWE has Zayn advertised for the NXT live event in Fort Pierce, Florida but not the Abu Dhabi events.