Sami Zayn was recently interviewed on Renee Paquette’s “Oral Sessions” podcast to talk about the current incarnation of his character and much more.
Zayn talking about being outspoken backstage:
“Part of my process is when I’m working with writers, I’m putting my stuff together. I want to put it together. This is how I like to work. I like to be in charge of the idea or not in charge. I like to have my idea. I like to give it to you and I like you to edit it a little bit and make it concise, make it deliverable in the allotted time we need, or in the case of a producer, make sure it’s in line with Vince’s vision or whatever. That’s what I like. I have in certain moments been cold and difficult or whatever, but you’ll find that the only times I will be difficult is when things are being dictated to me. I don’t like that. I’ll admit I can be difficult for sure if you’re dictating what I have to do, especially if I don’t think it’s good. If you dictate, ‘Here is what you have to do’, and it’s great, I’m like, ‘Oh man, that’s great. I’ll go with that. You won’t get any pushback from me.’ But if you’re telling me, ‘Here, this is what you’re doing’, and it’s not good, I will be combative.
My problem is that I’m not the best at, and I hate to even use this expression, but, playing the game. It’s a gift and a curse. My heart’s on my sleeve. I’m very transparent and it’s a gift and a curse. When it comes to WWE, there have been times, and I’ve got better at it, but there’s a certain language that you speak and a certain vocabulary so as to not be so forceful or whatever. It’s just tact. I’ll admit that I haven’t always been the most tactful. There are times I may be overestimating the relationship I have with someone so I’m very up-front with what I say. I don’t know. It’s just about navigating. It’s a never-ending learning process of learning to navigate different people, who you can say what with, how you can say what with whom. That was never a thing in my life until I got to WWE.”
Zayn also talked about why wrestlers live like Midevil Kings, Sami For Syria, how he’s been given so much creative freedom on this current run, and much more.