Sami Zayn has been part of WWE for over a decade now and has always managed to win the hearts of fans and peers alike thanks to his excellent character work and willingness to make any gimmick work. Zayn and Kevin Owens also defeated Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa at Night Of Champions after some unexpected, but that wasn’t all that fans were talking about during Zayn’s trip to Saudi Arabia. Now it appears Zayn addressed assumptions about his trip, stating that they were completely fabricated.

Back in 2018, WWE started their controversial program with Saudi Arabia and so far has produced quite a few Premium Live Events. In the following years, Sami Zayn had been kept off of WWE’s events in Saudi Arabia, due to his Syrian heritage. Even Kevin Owens had requested to be left off any Saudi Arabian events.

Thankfully, everything went fine for Sami Zayn as he competed in Saudi Arabia without any problem. That said, Zayn was still worried fans would reject him in Saudi Arabia.

While speaking on Corey Graves’ After The Bell podcast, Sami Zayn discussed his recent journey to Saudi Arabia. He described the trip as quite significant, with various factors contributing to its weight. One of the main aspects was the speculation surrounding his absence from previous visits to Saudi Arabia and the political reasons behind it.


Sami Zayn clarified that the vast majority of what people read online about this subject is completely fabricated, with individuals making assumptions and then adding to them.

“It was a really, really, really kind of a heavy trip, to be honest. There was a lot that went into it. First of all, the fact that I haven’t been there in a few years, and that there’s been so much speculation as to why I’m not going and what’s the political reasoning, this and that. I won’t get into all of it, but I’ll tell you 99.9% of what you’ve read online about his subject, completely fabricated, people assuming things and then running with those assumptions and adding on to them. It’s wild. I think it’s anytime they can’t get a concrete answer, that’s kind of what tends to happen. I think that’s like human nature, almost.”

It’s been years since I’ve been back to the Middle East. I think the last time I was there was 20, maybe 16, in Dubai, possibly, so it’s been a little while. Of course, as you saw on the Premium Live Event, all this to say, I’m Arabic, I’m Muslim, all this stuff, and that’s like my part of the world. I understand those people. Those are my people. When I went there, I got to go to Mecca, which was just a surreal experience. I also saw my uncles that I hadn’t seen in 25 years. I have cousins that I haven’t seen in 25 years. I met my great uncle that I didn’t even know existed. So it was pretty heavy in a lot of ways. It had a lot of weight.

Then the actual event itself and the reception from the audience, it’s kind of what I’ve been waiting for, for a while, in a way, because again, I always felt like I would have been the natural representative for those shows and I just wasn’t. So it was good to finally be put in that position and in a main event spot opposite Roman and Solo and the story that’s kind of been carrying the company for a minute now. So I don’t know, it felt like it all kind of just came together perfectly. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to go back. It was perfect.”

We’ll have to see what’s next in store for Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, as fans are excited to see what WWE will have planned after what transpired with The Bloodline.

What’s your view on what Sami Zayn said? Are you glad he was able to compete in Saudi Arabia? Let us know in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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