Sami Zayn: When I Saw Cody Rhodes At Royal Rumble He Said, ‘This Is Awkward, Huh?’

Sami Zayn is set for the biggest match of his career when he takes on Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship at WWE Elimination Chamber in Montreal.

Zayn has become one of the hottest acts in WWE since the summer of 2022 due to his involvement with Reigns, The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso), Solo Sikoa, and Paul Heyman in the Bloodline. Zayn turning on Reigns by hitting him with a chair at WWE Royal Rumble garnered one of the biggest reactions in modern day WWE.

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Headed into Montreal, Zayn's popularity has cast doubt that Reigns' run as the Tribal Chief will continue as the momentum is behind the Canadian superstar.

"It would be very hard to walk out of this match a loser, no matter what the result of the match is," Zayn told Joel Pearl of Fightful. "If I win, forget about it. That place goes crazy and I'm launched into the next stratosphere. You're beating 'the guy.' Even if that's not the outcome, if it's some sort of draw, God knows what happens, even if I lose, whatever it is, I think the magnitude of the moment is going to be so huge and it's infectious. Anytime I've done anything in Montreal, the love that I've gotten in Montreal, it's contagious. When fans at home see that kind of response, it triggers something in them too. The fact that this is in Montreal, ignoring the obvious history of me coming up here and not just being a guy from Montreal, but being a product of this town, growing up in this town, doing the small tiny shows in this town that got me to the next step. Each step of the way, the fact is, this town made me. I'm just from here. This town made me. The fact that we find ourselves in this position, it's an easy story to tell. Beyond all that, whatever comes of this match is going to be huge for me one way or another."

Cody Rhodes will await the winner of Zayn vs. Reigns as he earned a shot at the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship by winning the 2023 Royal Rumble. On Monday's WWE Raw, Rhodes endorsed Zayn, telling him to finish his story.

"It's an interesting time we find ourselves in," said Sami. "When I saw him [Cody] at the Royal Rumble, the first thing he said to me was, 'this is awkward, huh?' It's a strange time. There are two guys that easily could have gone either way as far as WrestleMania, Roman Reigns, all signs are pointing here...then again, this guy's story is also pointing there. He's already punched his ticket to WrestleMania. It's either me and him, which I think is getting fans excited, or [Elimination Chamber] is my WrestleMania. The amazing thing is, WrestleMania is also my WrestleMania because of the position I find myself in. If I could rewrite the whole thing, I don't know if I would change anything. The fact that I'm having this match in Montreal, in a weird way, that's almost bigger than if I would have had this match with Roman at WrestleMania. I don't know if it gets bigger than this."

Cody recently stated that he would welcome the idea of a triple threat match at WrestleMania. You can find his full comments by clicking here.

Fightful recently ran a fan poll with nearly 69% of fans wanting to see Sami in the main event of WrestleMania in some capacity. Fans can check out the results of the poll by clicking here.

Watch the full interview with Zayn in the video above.

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