Sami Zayn on Kevin Owens, NXT TakeOver
Since he made his surprise appearance in the Royal Rumble in January, it wasn’t long after he made his main roster debut. A bitter rivalry with Kevin Owens had spread from NXT to WWE territory. He has had high profile matches at WrestleMania 32, Payback, Extreme Rules and Money in the Bank. But what is next for Sami Zayn? The Montreal, Quebec native is only 31-years-old and has an astounding career ahead of him. Nonetheless, he recently spoke with the Daily Mirror about a couple of intriguing points…
When asked about his enduring rivalry with Kevin Owens, and whether he was pleased with its continuation, Zayn responded;
It’s not a matter of being pleased, I think if anything it’s more if anything being astonished that people are still interested in seeing it after all these years. Because again I know it’s reaching a new audience now, the WWE Universe and fanbase, but we’ve had this rivalry going on since 2003, back in Quebec when we started. We had this rivalry all over Quebec and when we broke out in the States in 2004, that rivalry stayed with us all over America and all over the world, all over England and Germany. We were partners and then we were enemies again. There is just something very strange about the dynamic between Kevin and I that people, no matter how many times they’ve seen it, it seems to always get the fans’ attention. It’s just shocking to me that it worked right up to NXT and now it’s working on the main roster. There is obviously something there, I can’t explain it, but I’m happy the fans are entertained by it.
When asked about the sense of realness to his feud with Owens, Zayn responded;
Well I think that’s one of the main advantages this rivalry has over a lot of the rivalries in the WWE currently, especially because the roster is so new. Because of this ‘New Era’ there has been such a turnover of new faces. There’s not a lot of genuine history that goes back that deep between all of these people. You know, many people on the roster I’ve actually known for many years, like Cesaro, Seth Rollins, Luke Harper… a lot of them I’ve known for over 10 years, so there is built-in history there that you can go back to, Kevin more than anyone. It’s a very… I don’t want to call it a twisted relationship but when you’ve been in a relationship with anybody for that long there are going to be some real ups and downs and actual genuine reasons to fight. And I think that’s maybe what fans find captivating.
When asked about his superb match with Shinsuke Nakamura at NXT TakeOver: Dallas, Zayn responded;
It was a real honour. A lot of has been said about that match and it really was a special night. I think it was one of those nights when the stars just aligned and the story and everything couldn’t have been better. It was the biggest stage NXT has had, which was WrestleMania weekend. Takeover: Dallas was huge, with 10,000 people there and they were so, so excited to see him in his first match, and there was kind of an unspoken air amabout the whole thing that this would probably be my last match with NXT. So that dynamic alone made it very, very special, and then on top of that he happens to be one of the best in the world in the ring. So we had what I thought was a really great match and a good fight and we took fans on an emotional ride, which is always the goal. That match meant a lot to me, for so many reasons, I’m really, really proud of it. And I just can’t wait to see how Nakamura continues to thrive not only in NXT but in the WWE and hopefully we can lock horns again in the ring. I will be looking forward to it when that day comes.
With his feud with Kevin Owens always simmering in the background, who should Sami go up against next? Last week on SmackDown, he had an incredible match with Seth Rollins – could this be a sign of things to come? We would love to know what you think!