Sami Zayn Claims Famous NXT Match “Changed The Industry”

Sami Zayn on SmackDown

Sami Zyan had high praise for one of his old matches.

When Sami Zayn signed with WWE in 2013, the company looked very different from how it does in 2023. After putting pen to paper with the sports entertainment giant, Zayn featured in NXT before the brand rose to become beloved by fans.

During this early period, Zayn took on Cesaro — now wrestling as Claudio Castagnoli in AEW — in an acclaimed Two-Out-Of-Three Falls Match. On the 10th anniversary of the match, Zayn posted on social media that it changed the industry, adding it was a first glimpse at what NXT would become.

“At this risk of sounding dramatic or arrogant, this one match changed the industry. This was the day NXT became ‘a thing.’ Hard to explain the significance/context/landscape at that time, but suffice to say it’s one of my proudest matches, with one of my all-time best opponents.”

When Was Sami Zayn In NXT?

After signing with WWE, Sami Zayn starred with NXT until finally bidding an emotional farewell at NXT TakeOver: Dallas on April 1st, 2016. During his time with the ‘Black and Gold Brand’ Zayn became one of its first major success stories and captured the NXT Title.

More recently, Zayn has been on arguably the biggest run of his career while teaming with Kevin Owens. Despite injury problems for both men, there are reportedly no plans for them to be stripped of the World Tag Team Titles.