Sami Zayn has been part of the WWE family for almost a decade now and has consistently improved himself at every turn. Zayn has also managed to turn every single gimmick into pure gold, including his latest one regarding The Bloodline. That being said, he had backstage heat with Ric Flair.
Sami Zayn joined WWE in 2013 after honing his skills on the independent wrestling scene. He spent close to two years in developmental before making his main roster debut in 2015. Since then, he has become one of the most popular and recognizable stars in the company.
However, during his earlier days in WWE, the former Honorary Uce managed to create some backstage tension with certain individuals. This included the likes of Ric Flair as well.
While speaking on an episode of his Wooooo Nation Uncensored podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair revealed that he had personal issues with Zayn. According to Flair, the only person that the former Bloodline member could beat was actor Johnny Knoxville.
“That’s [Knoxville] the only guy on the roster that Zayn could probably beat. If he [Zayn] gets heat with me, he’s got to get heat with the marks.
In addition, the 16-time world champion pointed out that he found it difficult to communicate with Zayn backstage, particularly when compared to his real-life best friend and fellow WWE Superstar, Kevin Owens.
Flair stated that he only had to engage in small talk with Zayn, whereas Owens, who Flair described as a “great guy” and a performer ten times better than Zayn, understood and respected Flair’s position in the company. Flair suggested that Zayn appeared to be somewhat aloof and distant in comparison, leading to a negative impression of the wrestler in Flair’s eyes.
“For me, personally, when I got to make small talk to get along with Sami Zayn… that’s all I’ve got to say. When I got to walk through to make small talk… with Kevin Owens — who is 10 times the performer and a great guy – who understands and respects who I am; and Sami Zayn kind of easing around in the hallway and I got to make small talk to connect with him, he’s done in my book.”
Flair’s comments suggest that he found it challenging to communicate with Zayn backstage, whereas he had a positive relationship with Zayn’s real-life best friend and fellow wrestler, Kevin Owens.
Despite this, Zayn’s in-ring abilities and charisma have made him a valuable asset to the WWE and a favorite among fans. What do you think about Sami Zayn’s backstage issues? Do you think it affected his career in any way? Share your thoughts in the comments below.