Sami Zayn appeared on the latest episode of Corey Graves’ “After The Bell” podcast to talk about his recent experience on the WWE UK tour and his new rivalry with Scary spice.
Here are some highlights:
Zayn said he was heckled by a person at ringside on the U.K. tour who turned out to be Scary Spice of The Spice Girls:
“What happened was I got knocked to the floor during my match. You know, I’m an antagonizer. Sami Zayn gets the crowd riled up a little bit before the match, especially with the microphone and all of that. I’m expecting a few comments when I’m knocked on the floor ringside momentarily. But I’m hearing some particular vitriol over here when I’m on the floor, and I’m not really realizing who it is at the moment, but they’re really on my a**. So I’m doing a little bit of back-talk. It was like, ‘Get up, you’re a coward.’ I’m saying, ‘Hey, I’m hurt. Give me a second. You don’t know what it’s like. I’m in pain right now.’ That’s when the line was uttered by Scary Spice, under her breath mind you. Because she was in the front row, it was almost as if she knelt down and whispered in my ear of what I know and you know what you’re being right now.”
Sami’s thoughts on NXT 2.0:
“From the little bit I’ve seen, it’s been pretty interesting and pretty good. I think there was an immediate backlash to the idea of NXT 2.0 because people had come to know and like NXT as this black and gold, grittier sort of product. Anytime you tell people that we’re doing something new, I think there’s always this sort of guard that comes up and a defensiveness, an unwillingness to change or accept something new in some cases. I know a big part of the rebranding was the presentation, the brightness, and the colorfulness. As soon as I turned on the very first episode of NXT 2.0, I said, ‘Man, this looks great. This does look better. It’s brighter. The fans are elevated and they are kind of on top of you. The energy is great.’ On top of it, you have a bit of a reset with new characters. You have a wide open playing field for new characters to step up and fill certain roles. You’re seeing that again in NXT. Is it what you liked about NXT a year ago, five years ago? No, it’s not, but there is a lot to like about it for sure. If you’re the type of fan like I am that likes unpredictability, likes to watch character development, likes to see where things are going to line up, if that’s a part of what interests you about pro wrestling or about WWE, then I think it’s intriguing to watch for sure.”