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Sami Zayn Opens Up About Why He Re-Signed With WWE

Sami Zayn with the Intercontinental Title

Sami Zayn has revealed why he decided to re-sign with WWE, explaining that he feels valued and appreciated.

Former Ring of Honor star Sami Zayn signed with WWE in 2013, where he initially appeared in NXT. During his time on the black and gold brand Zayn won the NXT Championship, before moving to the main roster in 2015.

In the seven years that followed, Zayn has won the Intercontinental Championship three times, also appearing at numerous WrestleMania’s.

At the tail end of 2021, Zayn’s contract with WWE had been set to expire, with speculation linking him with a potential move to AEW. However, it was later revealed that Zayn signed a new deal to remain with WWE.

Speaking in a new interview with Cultaholic, Zayn opened up about his decision to re-sign. The former NXT star explained that he feels creatively stimulated, and is happy with the his role in the company. He described the decision to stay as a “no-brainer.”

“I was already in a very good place with WWE and they made it very clear, not just when it was time to negotiate but in the last year, year-and-a-half, whatever it is, I’ve definitely gotten the impression and they have said as much that I’m a valued part of the roster and I feel valued and I get a lot of television time. So I’ve been very happy and stimulated creatively even, which I know is a difficult thing to get in WWE sometimes,”

“With so many moving parts and so many talented people sometimes, inevitably, you kind of get left behind but I haven’t felt that way in a very long time with WWE. So that was really the main factor driving my decision to stay. I was very happy to stay because I felt valued, I felt appreciated and it was reflected as such by the amount of television time I got. For me, it was a bit of a no-brainer to stay right now.”

Zayn was also asked whether his decision was influenced by his long-time friend Kevin Owens also re-signing around the same time.

“I don’t know, that’s a good question. I don’t know because we’re actually on separate brands but our contracts were coming up at around the same time. So I don’t know. It’s not like we were in it together with regards to negotiations or even decision making. Whatever decision he made, I don’t know if it 100 percent was going to influence my decision or vice versa but on a subconscious level, I’m sure it helped,”

Despite recently being defeated by Ricochet for the Intercontinental Championship, Zayn is currently preparing for a huge WrestleMania showdown against unlikely rival Johnny Knoxville.