A lot of people were pleasantly surprised when NXT’s former champion and Montreal local, Sami Zayn made sizzling appearance last Monday night at Raw. He was introduced by no other than the legend Bret Hart. He competed against the United States Champion, John Cena and though he didn’t win the match he has gotten a very positive response from the viewers.
Here are a few things you probably don’t know about him yet:
1. Sami Zayn’s real name is Rami Sebei.
He is of Syrian descent and he was born in Canada in the year 1984.
2. He was a Luchador
Sami Zayn used the name El Generico from 2002-2013.He used to wrestle wearing a mask and he was using the character of luchador from Mexico. His catchphrase was ‘Ole’. I’ll tell you what there’s nothing Generic about the way this guy wrestles.
3. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens are really BFFs
Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens climbed the professional wrestling ladder at the same time and they trained in the same circuit in Montreal. They had several epic matches against each other and at one point they were even tag team partners. In Montreal, they were often ranked as first and second in the wrestling almanac. Their rivalry is still a big thing and in fact they have an upcoming championship match happening on May 20 in Sail University for NXT.
4. Sami Zayn apparently really injured his shoulder when he answered John Cena’s Open Challenge for the WWE United States Championship.
After a body slam, Zayn crawls away to the side and is wincing on the ground for a considerable amount of time. The Referee and John Cena crossed their arms in an “X” the symbol for an actual injury. The referee called for medical attention but to Zayn’s credit, despite all the terrible agony he was apparently in, he still proceeded with the match. And what a match it was, Zayn, not wanting to disappoint the hometown crowd, was able to pull off a plethora of incredible maneuvers even almost getting a 3-count on Cena. Talk about heart!
The unfortunate incident will most likely affect his chances of winning against Kevin Owens in their championship match in 2 weeks for NXT. Sami Zayn will undergo MRI and the results will be released later today.
5. Sami Zayn is a proud world traveler
He recently mentioned that he’s been to 34 different countries. He’s also a fan of punk rock music and ice hockey.
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