Sami Zayn Opens Up About Telling Vince McMahon He Wouldn’t Work During Pandemic

2 years ago by Liam Winnard

Sami Zayn Opens Up About Telling Vince McMahon He Wouldn’t Work During Pandemic

WWE SmackDown star Sami Zayn has opened up about telling Vince McMahon he wouldn’t be working during the pandemic.

Zayn missed several months following WrestleMania 36 but re-emerged in September and has remained prominent ever since.

Speaking with Sportskeeda, Zayn discussed how it was difficult for him to tell McMahon he wouldn’t be working, but he knew he was making the right decision. He said:

“Now, we know so much more about COVID-19, we know so much more about the pandemic and everything. But at the time in March, there was a lot of uncertainty. We really didn’t know what the deal was, and I had some family circumstances that, at the time, it made sense to not go in.

“Wrestlers are already hardwired not to say no, you give me a task and I’m gonna nail it, that sort of… there’s a pride to the performer in that. So, anytime, you opt out of something, it’s already difficult enough, and then on top of it, on the biggest stage imaginable.

“I mean, I would have trouble turning down independent bookings for 200 bucks, let alone, telling Vince McMahon, I can’t come into work, it was extremely, extremely difficult for so many reasons.”

Sami Zayn retained the Intercontinental Championship over Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 36 but relinquished it due to his absence.

He did briefly recapture the title before losing it to Big E in late December, and most recently competed in the Elimination Chamber match this past Sunday.

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