Since returning to WWE in August 2020 Sami Zayn has steadily been unravelling. Drawing inspiration from Bill Murray’s character in the movie Kingpin, Zayn has embraced his new character with a fresh zeal and enthusiasm, producing some of the best character work on display in WWE right now.
Ahead of competing inside the Elimination Chamber for the right to earn a shot at Roman Reigns’ Universal Championship, Sami Zayn sat down with Fox Sports’ Ryan Satin to discuss the inspiration behind his current character, his recent Intercontinental Championship reign and his upcoming appearance inside the Elimination Chamber.
Looking back at his time in WWE, Zayn reflected fondly on his time in NXT, before revealing that he feels as though he is currently doing some of his best work to date.
“That time in NXT I think holds a very special place in my heart.
Again, for some of the storytelling and character stuff that I got to do. I just have very fond memories of the stuff I got to do in that time. And now, I kind of agree. I think I am doing some of the best stuff I’ve ever done. Definitely in terms of mic work and stuff like that.
I feel like this is definitely me at my best right now. “
Sami Zayn went on to explain how that when he isn’t wrestling, he tends to disconnect from it, but eventually he feels a rush of creativity to come back.
“In that time, where I was off because of the beginning of the pandemic and not really having any certainty of what was coming next, I was off for a couple of months and to be honest with you – and I’ve said this in other interviews – when I’m away from wrestling, I’m pretty away from wrestling, you know? I tend to compartmentalize it.
When I’m in it, I’m in it 100% and when I’m out, I don’t want to say I’m out 100%, but pretty close, you know? Of course, the bug bites me a little bit, every now and again, and I get flowing with some creative ideas and, “Oh, man. I can’t wait to do this and do that.”
Expanding further, the former Intercontinental Champion detailed how he didn’t really think about how to change his character when he came back, rather that everything happened organically.
But, for the most part, I didn’t necessarily think of what I would do differently when I came back.
I kind of had an idea because of the way things left off, how I would return and what kind of story I’d be plugged into, but, from there, things have just kind of spiraled organically into this, I’d say, evolution … but it’s almost like a de-evolution.
I’m just coming undone. I’m looking shaggy and frantic and narcissistic, a conspiracy theorist who is deranged that thinks everyone is out to get him. It kind of happened organically over this time, ever since I’ve been back, but I’ve really been enjoying it.”
Casting his mind forwards to WWE Elimination Chamber Zayn spoke on how he enjoys big multi-man matches and gets “excited to put them together.”
On the final episode of SmackDown before Elimination Chamber, Zayn appeared in a losing effort in a six-man tag team match, where he joined forces with Jey Uso and King Corbin against Kevin Owens, Cesaro and Daniel Bryan.
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