Arab wrestlers have not received a fair shake as much as fans would like. One individual looking to change all that is WWE star Sami Zayn. He recently spoke with Al Arabiya to discuss his Canadian-Syrian heritage and promote WWE’s live events in Dubai. Below are some interview highlights.
At the event, WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz retained over Zayn, Dolph Ziggler and Dean Ambrose in a Fatal 4 Way match. The Miz stole yet another victory to generate some heat. As a result, he ended up eating all the finishers from the other faces in the match after it was over. The faces celebrated to close the show.
It only took about 33 hours but we’re here, #WWEDubai. Thrilled to be performing in front of my fellow Arabs tonight!
– Sami Zayn (@iLikeSamiZayn) April 14, 2016
On being a role model for Arabs:
“It’s a great source of pride for me to be representing Arabs on such a global platform and I consider it as a badge of honor. Growing up I loved watching wrestling on the WWE and finding an Arab wrestler to look up to was impossible. If you were in Arab you had mothers who wanted you to become a doctor or an engineer and it was the same to me. I perform so that kids watching television can see themselves represented and that their dreams and goals are attainable.”
14 years to get here. I wouldn’t change a thing. pic.twitter.com/XwKOn0dpg8
– Sami Zayn (@iLikeSamiZayn) April 3, 2016
On the perceptions of Arabs in North America:
“In North America, perceptions of Arabs are misunderstood and to be 100% honest, it’s not really favorable. I try not to put pressure on myself to be seen as ‘the good Arab guy’ but really I’m just being myself. And if I’m ever asked about it, I have no problem telling it. In fact, you’ll always see my name written in Arabic on my tights right in front for everyone to see it.”
He is one of the most resilient Superstars to step foot in an NXT ring. In the face of adversity and people who doubted he had the mettle to be a champion, Zayn went on a self-imposed road to redemption, a last-ditch effort to capture the NXT Championship. At TakeOver: R Evolution, Zayn proved everyone wrong and defeated Neville to become champion.
What do you think of Zayn in WWE? What do you think of Zayn representing Arab heritage in WWE? Do you have a favorite Arab wrestler? Sound off below in the comments section.
The “best in the world at what he does” engages one of the toughest up-and-coming Superstars in the locker room. Sami Zayn vs. Chris Jericho: SmackDown, April 14, 2016.
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