Sami Zayn has opened up on mentioning All Elite Wrestling during the “electric chair” segment on the May 27 episode of Raw.
The reference, which WWE later removed from replays of the segment, was in response to a fan asking what Zayn considered a boring question, so he pointed out they could ask him about anything, including AEW.
Zayn said to Catch-Newz:
“It really was not a big story besides what was on the internet.
“Basically, the goal of the segment was a small new segment that we were trying for people. An unscripted thing. I knew that if we say ‘AEW’ like that, people would talk about it. That’s exactly what happened. As you see, nothing really happened after I said that. It was done once, and nothing happened. Much more controversy on the internet on the subject. But it’s important to have the people talking about it. It was a small segment of a time, it was the goal, to have people talking about it. “
With WWE Crown Jewel taking place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia tomorrow, Sami Zayn was asked why he doesn’t travel to the Saudi events. He replied:
“I did a show a few years ago there. But with the new WWE partnership, I have not had a chance to perform. It’s a complicated thing, difficult to explain. But for the moment, I can not say much and that in favor of any side. Maybe it will change, but for now no change. It’s a complicated answer and I do not know how to explain it.”
The actual reason for this is reportedly due to his Syrian heritage. Zayn has teamed with SAMS and launched the Sami For Syria campaign to help provide care for victims of bombings. Find out more on that here.
Shinsuke Nakamura, who Zayn manages, is part of Team Flair for the 10-man tag match.
Thanks to Fightful for the translated quotes