As seen during the September 4th 2023 edition of WWE RAW, JD McDonagh defeated Sami Zayn following interference from Dominik Mysterio. Earlier in the broadcast, Zayn said that his tag team partner Kevin Owens was not at RAW.
According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com, there was a change in plans as Owens was reportedly backstage at RAW earlier in the day. Johnson noted that Owens was originally slated to be McDonagh’s opponent. It’s unknown why WWE pulled Owens from the show.
Owens and Zayn lost the tag team titles to Judgment Day at the 2023 Payback PLE.