Sami Zayn’s Reaction To WWE Not Letting Him Use El Generico Character

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WWE Superstar Sami Zayn was recently a guest on former WWE Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian’s podcast, E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness. Zayn discussed his initial heartbreak when he was told by WWE officials upon his signing that he would not be able to use his El Generico gimmick that he had made famous while on the independent scene. Here’s what he had to say:

“So I didn’t know what direction they were gonna go in but I guess it all played out fine in the end. But there was actually — it was pretty heartbreaking the day they told me, ‘yeah we’re gonna move away from all that.’ It was way harder on me than I thought it was going to be. Because this might sound kinda pathetic but it kinda became my baby, it was my creation, you know? So kinda putting it to rest was way more emotional than I thought it would be.

“I don’t know if they’ll ever dig it up, but I did a promo back in FCW in Tampa when we had promo days once a week with Dusty Rhodes and I did this kinda promo where I put the character to rest and said goodbye and I got super emotional. And then I lived really close to the facility so I had actually biked to work — so I was biking home just sobbing. Anybody who was driving by just saw this 30-year-old man on a bicycle just crying.”

You can listen to Zayn’s interview on E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness by clicking here.


H/T IWNerd for the transcriptions


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