Currently injured WWE star Sami Zayn was recently a guest on Chris Jericho’s podcast, “Talk Is Jericho” to talk about several professional wrestling topics. Zayn discussed Becky Lynch’s rise in WWE, how his new mindset might not mesh well with WWE culture upon his return, the criticism WWE writers receive from fans, and more. Here are the highlights:
How Becky Lynch has been using Twitter: “I noticed Becky Lynch, who has really blown up recently too, right?” Zayn said. “And she’s using Twitter in a very witty way. She’s a very witty person. And she’s using it in a really cool way and she’s getting herself really over. But I don’t know if I would do it anymore, even if I was a heel.
“I wouldn’t want to use it to cut people down and stuff.” Zayn added, “but I’m like, ‘do you know what? I’m contributing to a toxic culture, to a toxic swirl of s–t and I don’t want to contribute to it anymore.'”
How his new mindset might not mesh well with the WWE culture: “That’s something I’m concerned about, yes,” Zayn said. “Absolutely. Dude, you’re so right and I’ve got to tell you it’s very funny that you should ask me that because that [has] actually been one of the big [questions].
“And this isn’t me burying the company, but it’s the culture of the company. It’s the culture of showbiz and succeeding and just the concept of ambition and ego and it’s all dressed up. We use very nice words to dress up some pretty ugly things. Like being ambitious, it’s a good quality, but you can use that as an excuse to be an egotistical piece of garbage.
“Do whatever you’ve got to do, but justify it by saying, ‘oh, that’s just business.’ So yeah, it’s very funny because [Jericho has] been touching on something that I’ve been thinking about a lot.”
Criticism WWE writers receive from fans: “Man, people don’t know and you don’t know unless you’re there [in WWE],” Zayn said. “Not to do with nothing, but I want to take this time to actually give the writers a little bit of a break because they get crapped on the most. People don’t understand how it works there.
“It’s not the writers, and it’s not the agents, and it’s not the talent. It just works a very specific way. And unless you’re in it, you don’t know, so it’s very easy to sit at home and go, ‘why are they pushing this person? Why are they doing this?’ It’s harder than you think. Cut everybody some slack. It’s tricky.”
If Zayn has watched WWE programming since his departure: “Yeah, I’ve watched the product once or twice. Yeah, I did [watch Survivor Series] and the bug is coming back to perform and whatever and wrestle again a little bit. I shouldn’t say I haven’t missed it at all, blah, blah, blah, but I love performing. I’m a performer.
“Who knows again, if you want to keep peeling back the layers, [who knows] what damage in my life [happened], what lack of attention I got in my life when I was three years old that caused me to be the way I am. But I’m a performer by nature.”
H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions