According to Satin, the exact reason for Owens and Zayn's abrupt departure is unclear, but WWE removed them from the tour "as some sort of disciplinary move."
Sports Illustrated's Justin Barrasso reported WWE chairman Vince McMahon approved sending Zayn and Owens home and that the pair of wrestlers were guilty of "conduct deemed detrimental to the WWE." Barrasso spoke to sources who said the wrestlers were "going into business for themselves" during SmackDown Live on Tuesday night.
Satin followed up with a similar report, adding that sources said Owens and Zayn were supposed to be on the receiving end of a post-match attack from The New Day. Instead, they left the ring, which caused confusion for The New Day and WWE's production crew.
Zayn lost a singles match to Kofi Kingston. Owens attacked Kingston after the match before he and Zayn made a hasty exit.
Satin also spoke to sources who said Zayn and Owens "have been slightly difficult to work with lately and seem unhappy backstage."
Once bitter enemies, Zayn and Owens moved past their differences after Zayn aided Owens in his victory over Shane McMahon at Hell in a Cell on Oct. 8.
Zayn pulled Owens off the announce table as McMahon was falling off the top of the cell. Zayn then put Owens on top of McMahon and demanded the referee count the pinfall.
Zayn and Owens have yet to be added to the Survivor Series card. Owens lost to Shinsuke Nakamura in a match where the winner was added to Team SmackDown Live in the five-on-five elimination match against Team Raw. Zayn also fell to Randy Orton in a Survivor Series qualifier.