Former NXT Champion Sami Zayn has long been recognised as one of the best in-ring performers in modern day WWE, but the man himself has revealed that there is still one move he wishes that he could take back.
Speaking to Ryan Satin of Fox Sports, Zayn discussed a wide range of subjects surrounding his career to date, including the evolution of his current character. The former Intercontinental Champion would also reveal which two former adversaries he “really smoked” with his trademark Helluva Kick.
“One of ‘em was the 1-2-3 Kid, X-Pac. Sean Waltman.
I wrestled him at an independent in 2011 and, again, I was so excited about the match, I have so much respect for this guy, a genuine trailblazer. Deserves both Hall of Fame rings, if not a third one for his individual contributions to the business.
I’m in the ring with him, we’re having this match, and I guess, I don’t know, maybe I ran too fast? I don’t know what was going on, but I absolutely obliterated him. Obliterated him.
To the point, I could feel his skull through my foot. It’s very hard to explain, but upon contact, I was like, “Oh, that was so much harder than I wanted to do that. That’s too much.”
And the other one, another legend, is Jushin “Thunder” Liger.
Wrestled him in Los Angeles in, maybe, 2009? 2010? Same thing. The last guy you’d ever want to hurt and again I must’ve had a little too much momentum. Absolutely obliterated him.”
Zayn then recalled the only time that he has ever injured someone in the ring, naming a summersault Van Terminator as the move he wishes that he could take back.
“Well, it’d probably be the only time I ever injured somebody. Which was, I was doing a somersault Van Terminator. It’s what Shane McMahon does, the Coast to Coast dropkick.
So, I would do that back in my independent days, but with a somersault flip in there as well. And it was just a chaotic match.
I think there were six or eight guys in there and when I did it, I happened to land on the head of Super Dragon, who is a California indie legend, and I think I concussed him pretty bad. I still feel really rotten about it cause that’s like, I’m pretty sure, the only time I ever hurt anybody and I felt terrible.
So, if I could do one over, I’d say, “Maybe let’s cut the somersault Van Terminator tonight.”
The man formerly known as El Generico would go on to explain how Super Dragon helped him during the early days of his career, saying that “I don’t know if I’d be here right now without him.”
Sami Zayn who also called his current work “some of the best stuff i’ve ever done” will do battle inside the Elimination Chamber against Cesaro, Kevin Owens, Daniel Bryan, King Corbin and Jey Uso to earn the opportunity to face Roman Reigns for his Universal Championship.
You can read a full preview of WWE Elimination Chamber here, and Inside The Ropes will have live coverage of the show when the Elimination Chamber main show kicks off at midnight GMT on February 22nd.