Sami Zayn just grows on you.
Zayn has been a featured performer on WWE television since 2013 when he signed with the promotion and joined NXT. He is a former NXT Champion and three-time Intercontinental Champion, and has always found a way to stand out with anything he's been given. Recently, he's been praised for his work alongside Roman Reigns and the Bloodline (Reigns, Usos, & Solo Sikoa).
Speaking to Peter Rosenberg, Zayn discussed his ability to remain consistent.
"Ages ago, Hunter [Triple H] told me this when I was in NXT, I forget exactly how he phrased it or why we were talking about it, but he said something along the lines of, ‘You’re a slow burn guy, you’re a slow build.’ I think he’s kind of right about that. Even when I compare careers, Kevin (Owens) and I coming up together. It felt like, in a lot of places, Kevin would jump out at you a bit more. ‘This Kevin guy is great,’ then it would take a minute or two for them to come around eventually, whether it was the fans or the Independents or a new territory or new company, five or six months down the line, ‘Oh, this act is really good and it delivers every time.’ I think it comes down to delivering consistently. It’s tough to say. I don’t know if you could have plugged me into Roman’s spot and I would have been as accepted as Roman. For me, that character arc, you need to watch that progression. Then, it becomes a thing of, ‘it’s been two years, three years, five years, six years? This guy is always delivering for the last six years.’ It’s a slow and steady thing and the only way to come through is consistency. Being alongside Roman, where the level of investment is 100, always, for the audience and for the company and all sides, kind of put the pedal to the metal on that," said Sami.
Elsewhere during the interview, Sami discussed working with Roman Reigns and what he's learned. You can find his full comments by clicking here.
Sami will be by the side of The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) on WWE SmackDown as they defend the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships against Sheamus & Butch. You can view the current lineup for the show by clicking here.
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