July 19, 2024
WWE

Paul Heyman on Sami Zayn: “I didn’t envision Sami Zayn becoming a massive part of this”

Sami Zayn is one of the most talented wrestler in WWE roster, who can make any storyline work, his match against Johnny Knoxville at WrestleMania 38 was phenomenal. Sami Zayn finally got his appreciation for his work over the years when he was put into The Bloodline storyline.

Paul Heyman recently was in SI Media with Jimmy Traina podcast, where talked about Sami Zayn’s work in The Bloodline

“I didn’t envision Sami Zayn becoming a massive part of this when Sami Zayn was becoming a massive part of this. It’s to his enormous credit — Sami Zayn seized the moment. We’d give him crumbs of a segment, and he would just turn it into a moment that he had to connect with the audience with what I think has ended up becoming the most endearing character that we’ve presented in decades, if not ever.

“As great of a talker as Sami Zayn is — and he is a magnificent talker — I think Sami resonates with the audience just because Roman Reigns will turn to him and lean in on him about something, and Sami gets that hush puppy face, and that sad look on his face, and the camera zooms in on the sad look on Sami’s face, and everybody feels for him. He just endears himself to the audience.

“They absolutely fall in love with him and his plight and his pursuit of acceptance, which I think is a big part of this is this. Everyone can relate to the pursuit of acceptance, and that was the tale of Sami Zayn. He just did it so well, and did it so brilliantly, and with such authenticity, and with genuine angst on his face and pain when spoken down to, that people just felt for him. And as you know, it’s not just constrained to WWE. In any form of television, movies, Broadway plays — if you get the audience to feel for you? Touchdown, victory. It’s everything that a writer, director, producer, and performer seeks.”

(H/T: CageSideSeats)

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