Sami Zayn competed in the post-SmackDown dark match this week, gearing up for his Triple Threat match for the Intercontinental Championship. Before his big title defense, he delivered a promo in Arabic.

Following the May 24th edition of Friday Night SmackDown, Cody Rhodes and Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn squared off against Chad Gable and Otis of the Alpha Academy in a tag team match.

Sami Zayn’s ability to perform in front of Arabic fans in Saudi Arabia is a recent development, reflecting the country’s improving relations with Syria. As you may know, Sami is of Syrian descent.

After Zayn and Rhodes won the tag team match, Zayn took to Twitter and uploaded a video of himself addressing the crowd in Arabic. As translated by a fan, Zayn first encouraged the crowd to cheer for the Undisputed WWE Champion Cody Rhodes. He then expressed his honor of being in an Arabic and Islamic country and highlighted that he is the first person with such heritage to hold the Intercontinental Championship. Zayn went on to call himself the champion of the people there.


”Let me hear you cheer for Cody Rhodes. I don’t know if I’ll have a chance tomorrow to speak to you all. I am so proud to be the first Arab and Muslim Intercontinental Champion. I am the champion of all of you here.”

Zayn is now focused on defending his title against Chad Gable and Bronson Reed at King & Queen of The Ring on May 25th, so we’ll have to see if he will be able to retain his Intercontinental Championship.

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