Zayn believes that professional wrestling is at its best when there are good characters, great action, and captivating stories. The business can survive with only one or two of those things clicking on all cylinders, but when all three factors are maximized the entertainment level increases considerably.
He says that he’ll never forget his main roster debut with Bret Hart introducing him. He received an incredible reaction in his hometown of Montreal that night, and he’ll never forget that memory. He admits that his memory of the match is somewhat cloudy because of the shoulder injury he suffered. His shoulder popped out of joint during the match and he popped it back in, but he was very surprised to hear after the match that it was going to require surgery.
Zayn informs that Vince McMahon’s mind works in a different way than everyone elses. His idea of a ‘heel Sami Zayn’ was completely different than what Zayn was picturing in the beginning, but McMahon was certainly right. McMahon urged Zayn to play this ‘happy, smiling heel’ that has garnered Zayn significant heat since day one. Zayn admits that he’s still figuring out how to work as a heel in the ring because he’s wrestled as a babyface his entire career.
Speaking about his relationship with Kevin Owens, Zayn says he and Owens have measured their success against each other for so many years. Watching Owens have so much success in WWE while he struggled to gain his footing was frustrating for him because he knew he could do so much more. He was extremely happy for Owens, but he knew when the time was right he’d be able to step up to the plate in the main event scene as well.
That sums up this week’s episode of E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness. You can listen to the show yourself anytime here, and I’ll catch ya tomorrow for another recap!