Throughout his interview on “After The Bell with Corey Graves”, WWE star Sami Zayn spoke concerning the uniqueness of his match with Johnny Knoxville at WrestleMania 38:
“There actually is not a match like that wherever else as a result of there’s just one Johnny Knoxville and one Sami Zayn and one WrestleMania the place these issues might exist. You possibly can’t recreate that match. You simply cannot recreate that now. For instance, you may watch Undertaker-Shawn, and you may be two separate guys and you are able to do your little model of that match. You possibly can’t remake the model of this match as a result of it does not exist. There isn’t a different large hand.”
“I can not construct my Hell in a Cell match with Seth Rollins, for instance, by blowing up his telephone quantity over Los Angeles. We’ve to go up to now out of the field. I bought a bit hooked on it. I used to be like, oh man, listed here are all this stuff we are able to do subsequent. and there are such a lot of superb issues we might do, like him giving out my telephone quantity and me taking all these calls. I believe it’ll be very, very memorable.”
“One of many huge issues was the crimson carpet premiere on the Chinese language Theater in Hollywood going to the film premiere. That was an incredible second for me. I’ve by no means achieved something like this earlier than. It was like my Andy Kaufman second with Dave Letterman. What I discover humorous is that, on this case, I used to be Andy Kaufman and the fighter.
“However it bought me so hooked on the transition from a superb sidekick to a storyteller or no matter. This was a lightweight bulb second like, oh man, there are such a lot of inventive methods I need to do issues and I hope I can. Typically it is a bit troublesome right here with the character of how we do issues. However I used to be so excited concerning the progressive methods to construct a narrative or inform a narrative, and the issues to do, and the methods to construct your character and all these enjoyable issues.”
“I could not have achieved it with anybody else besides Johnny Knoxville, as a result of he isn’t a traditional fighter. He’s not even a traditional superstar. Like if he was preventing Leonardo DiCaprio, we would not be doing this stuff. It is as a result of that is what Johnny Knoxville does. He makes jokes and foolish issues, and he will get it this manner, that means, no matter. So it might solely have labored with him. In order that was one other factor that was an enormous plus for me: the inventive means we are able to inform tales and get previous character stuff and do issues that we do not all the time do. How a lot of that I am going to be capable of do sooner or later stays to be seen.”
His thoughts on NXT 2.0:
“I got here throughout a video or two, one among them was really at this time, of myself in NXT very early. I used to be doing the identical factor that these guys in NXT 2.0 that we’re doing firstly, which is simply looking for your self, particularly for me, as a result of I come from a special background. I used to be a special character and all this stuff. So I used to be looking for my voice, I used to be looking for my facial expressions, all of that. I used to be looking for myself.”
“I do not keep in mind that a part of NXT very a lot, as a result of I have a tendency to recollect the final half as soon as that character was developed somewhat extra. Then we had been telling good tales, having good matches, and constructing NXT into what individuals now learn about NXT. However there was that first 12 months that I am there and I am nonetheless discovering my footing.”
“Now after I see these guys and women on NXT 2.0, and I simply noticed this video at this time, that is after I made the connection of, ‘Oh, that is precisely the place these guys and women are proper now.’ Typically there can be an inclination to see one thing, and in NXT it’s totally different since you forgive it as a result of that they’re creating.