Sami Zayn faced Roman Reigns at WWE Elimination Chamber 2023 in Montreal. Sami was part of The Bloodline previously due to the way Roman Reigns treated him, Sami Zayn decided to turn on Roman Reigns. Some fans believed Sami Zayn could potentially defeat Roman Reigns at Elimination Chamber.
Sami Zayn gave everything he had in that match but ultimately Roman Reigns won the match and retains the Undisputed WWE Universal Title.
Sami Zayn recently was on Out Of Character with Ryan Satin podcast, where he talked about losing to Roman Reigns at Elimination Chamber 2023.
“It was little hard, if you want the truth. It was a little hard because I don’t think I’m being controversial saying this, but I’m not the chosen guy. Obviously, I have been handed a lot of opportunities and I delivered on a lot of those opportunities throughout my time in the company, I’m grateful for all of it. But clearly I mean I don’t think anyone would say like, ‘oh, clearly he was being positioned to be the top guy or be the most popular guy in the show’. Obviously that’s not the case and that’s fine.
But I guess in the back of your head, you’re always banking on your ability to get there and somehow or another you just feel like you will get there and then It is hard to get there, it’s almost miraculous to get there or to get one of these organic runs that the audience sort of wills into existence. You could probably count on one hand in last ten years with Daniel Bryan, Becky Lynch, Kofi Kingston and myself, who knows what’s happening with LA Knight.
You almost feel like, the story, the audience, your performance all of it has got you to the exact right place that you dreamed you would be, and when you get there, it just kind of falls short and you don’t know if you’ll ever get it back. So for sure that’s hard and you don’t know if you can do it again.
I still think the investment and equity that I have with the audience from that storyline, I think I have penetrated a lot of hearts to where I will stick around there for a while because I’ve made them feel all these feelings that I was talking about. I took them on that ride and when somebody takes on the ride and they penetrate your heart, they’re in there, and they got to do a lot to get out of there. So now you’re probably going to cheer him for years to come.
So I got lot out of that story, don’t get me wrong that’s goes without saying. So if and when I do get the mountain top again or I get in the title picture or I’m the big challenger trying to fulfill my destiny or whatever it is, It might still get there but It will have a different feel, It will still be part of the overarching story of the character, but It just felt like one of those things like man I forced their hand as much as humanly possible but still just a buck short. You know, it was a hard pill to swallow.”