Check out who’s featured in the all new WWE Program Guide! Our very own Sami Zayn. Go and check out the full image over in our gallery, using the link below. I want to give a massive thank you Aranya for this amazing donation.
NXT Tag Team Championship Tournament – Semi-Finals
Kalisto & Sin Cara vs. Sami Zayn & Adam Rose
Rose starts things off trading wrist locks with Kalisto. Sami Zayn tags in to a big pop, and Sin Cara comes in as well. Lots of “Ole!” chants now, which is pretty ironic given their opponents. Kalisto does a few high flying manuevers and Sami takes a breather to the outside. They taunt the diving sentons over the ropes, but put on the breaks and rebound off the ropes, doing the “lucha!” chants instead – the mind games are real.
After the break, Rose hits Kalisto with a big back suplex. He backs into the corner and tags Sami, who delivers a backbreaker and starts throwing his opponent into turnbuckles around the ring. Sin Cara eventually makes the hot tag and gets some help from Kalisto, who lifts him up and splashes him down. The lucha stars tag in and out with quick tags, working over Sami, who eventually hits a surprise backbreaker on Kalisto for a two-count. Rose tags in to slow things down, slapping on a side headlock. He throws a few elbows to weaken his opponent, followed by a huge spinebuster. Sin Cara makes the hot tag and gets a crossbody off the top rope. Zayn hits the ring but is sent to the floor, and Cara hits a springboard back elbow for a two-count. Cara goes through the ropes to take down Sami, and Kalisto does his standing Sliced Bread #2 move. Sin Cara comes back and hits the Senton Bomb for the win.
The semi-finals of the NXT Tag Team Title No. 1 Contenders’ Tournament take place this week! Who will advance when Sin Cara & Kalisto take on Sami Zayn & Adam Rose? Find out Thursday at 9 p.m. ET, only on WWE Network!
The main event for the NXT Championship between Adrian Neville and Tyler Breeze ends in a DQ victory for Neville after Tyson Kidd attacked him. After the match, Kidd continues to attack the champion until Breeze hits the ring and makes the save. The brawl back and forth for a while until Neville comes back and we get a crazy three-way brawl. Kidd and Breeze now get on the same page and attack the champion, until Sami Zayn comes out and cleans house. Zayn stands over Neville and the crowd goes crazy with “Ole!” chants as the Kidd and Breeze lay on the ramp. Zayn holds the NXT Championship, then gives it to Neville to end the show.
You were in Abu Dhabi last year for three shows with the WWE. As an Arab wrestler, did it feel like playing at home?
It was honestly a dream come true. I was always a wrestling fan and, being an Arab kid who grew up in Canada, there was no representation for people like me. I think it was just amazing to come here to the amazing fans and represent Arabs in a positive light.
While you were in the UAE, you also went to Dubai to conduct some trials for the WWE. How did our candidates fare in terms of quality?
That was a great experience. There is not a big professional wrestling scene in the Gulf, so there weren’t any professional wrestlers. But many had backgrounds in boxing, mixed martial arts and athletics. I was not involved in decisions in who made it or not, but all I know is that the organisers were very pleased to come here and they do plan to come back. Hopefully that means more representation for the Arab market.
Talking about training, you’re speaking to us from the WWE Performance Centre in Florida, United States. What is that exactly?
Not many people realise this, but when WWE signs new talent, they all must report to the performance centre here in Orlando. It can take between one to two years to get acclimatised to the style of the WWE and how they want to do things. I got signed only a year and a half ago and I am training daily. I still do some television — I am on a show called NXT — and I travel, but only within the state of Florida. After leaving the centre, one can go to bigger shows such as Raw and SmackDown. There are also international events and a lot of travelling involved. Continue reading »
Backstage, Renee Young welcomed Sami Zayn onto the interview set. He said the tag partner he was assigned isn’t medically cleared. Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel walked on set and made fun of Sami for not having any friends. They recalled The Ascension beating Sami when Kidd walked out and said he doesn’t fare well on his own. Adam Rose’s posse danced on set and delivered Adam Rose who said Zayn wasn’t alone. Zayn said it looks like he’ll be a Rosebud tonight and took the lollipop that Rose offered.
NXT Tag Team Championship Tournament – First Round
Sami Zayn & Adam Rose vs. Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel
Zayn and Kidd squared off to start. Kidd got two shoulder tackle takedowns but Zayn came right back with his series of armdrags to take control. Adam Rose tagged in and got a laugh at the expense of Kidd and Gabriel but Kidd caught him with a kick to the gut and the heels went to work. Rose planted Gabriel with a high spinning spinebuster for a two-count which was broken up by Kidd. Kidd tagged in and the heels regained control of Adam Rose. Kidd hung Rose in the tree of woe and Gabriel wore him out as Kidd provided the distraction. Kidd planted Rose with a neckbreaker before settling into a chinlock going into the final break.
Back from break, they picked up right where they left off as Kidd and Gabriel worked Rose over in their half of the ring. Gabriel drilled Rose with a sliding dropkick to the face. Rose tried to lock in a sleeper, but Gabriel dropped him with a back suplex and Rose continued to take the assault. Kidd went for his springboard elbow, but Rose got his knee up and made the hot tag to Zayn. Zayn came in hot and hit a flapjack dropkick before wiping out both Kidd and Gabriel out at ringside with a tope con hilo. Adam Rose went to the top rope and dove off with a flipping senton. Nobody caught him. Rose limped to his feet and tossed Gabriel back in the ring to eat a Helluva Kick from Zayn leading to the pinfall.
Winners: Sami Zayn & Adam Rose
Zayn’s music hit before replays aired. Afterwards, Adam Rose’s music hit and the two celebrated their way up the ramp to close the show.
We are back and Devin Taylor is with Sami Zayn. She asks him about his match against Tyson Kidd. Sami says that ever since Tyson appeared on NXT, we are seeing more of his true colors. We see the conceited, self absorbed, chauvinistic coward. The Tyson Kidd who is overshadowed by his wife. Sami says that he is going to embarrass him tonight.
Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd
The bell rings and Tyson retreats to the ropes to get into Sami’s head. Tyson has the referee keep Sami back. Tyson goes to the floor and he has something to say to Sami from the floor. Tyson gets back into the ring. Tyson with a waist lock into a side head lock but Tyson goes to the floor as he comes off the ropes. The referee holds Sami in the ring while Tyson continues to get into Sami’s head. Tyson gets his chi correct so he can continue but Sami with a clothesline and back body drop. Zayn sets for a Helluva kick but Tyson gets out of the way and goes to the floor. Sami goes to the floor and Kidd kicks Zayn away and Kidd with a running kick to the head and then Kidd suplexes Zayn onto the ramp.
We are back and Kidd with a reverse chin lock. Kidd sends Zayn into the turnbuckles and then he kicks him in the corner. Kidd puts Zayn in the Tree of Woe. Kidd with a hesitation drop kick into the corner and the referee checks on Zayn. Kidd with a neck breaker and Kidd floats over for a near fall. Zayn punches Kidd. Zayn with a drop kick to Kidd and Kidd goes to the floor. Zayn goes to the apron for an Arabian Press and he connects. Sami rolls Kidd back into the ring and he goes up top and hits a cross body for a near fall. Kidd chops Kidd and he goes towards the turnbuckles, but Kidd knows what is coming and he hits a drop toe hold. Kidd with a slingshot leg drop to Zayn on the apron. Kidd gets a near fall. Kidd runs into an elbow but Kidd with a waist lock. Zayn and Kidd with a series of standing switches. Kidd with a German suplex and Kidd gets a near fall.
Kidd goes to the turnbuckles but Zayn stops him. Kidd kicks Zayn away and Kidd goes for the elbow drop but Zayn gets his knees up. Zayn with a Blue Thunder Bomb for a near fall. Kidd with a kick and he goes to the apron. Kidd with an enzuigiri and then he goes up top again. Kidd hits a Blockbuster but Zayn kicks out. Kidd goes for a jackknife cover. Zayn tries to counter and Kidd counters with a Sharpshooter. Zayn crawls to the ropes but Kidd pulls Zayn into the center of the ring. Zayn tries to get to the ropes to force the hold to be broken and Zayn is able to get to the ropes. Kidd goes up top again but Zayn stops him and Zayn with a Flatline and then Zayn with the Koji Clutch and Kidd taps out.
Name: Rami Sebei Ring name: Sami Zayn Formerly: El Generico Born: July 12, 1984 Height/Weight: 6'0" - 193lbs Hometown: Montreal Debut: 2002
A Canadian-born Superstar of Syrian descent, Sami Zayn is no stranger to the world of sports-entertainment. Having competed in a staggering 29 countries before arriving on NXT, Zayn brings with him an experience level matched by few. Zayn is known for approaching situations with a lighthearted, fun-loving attitude, but opponents need not underestimate his intensity. » More?
We are not in direct contact with Rami Sebei, nor are we in any way affiliated with WWE or any other organisation he has worked for. I am not Rami, nor am I claiming to be him, we are merely a nonprofit fansite and nothing more. I would like to clarify that any media, images, etc, on this website are exclusive property to WWE, Rami, Sami-Zayn.com, and original photographers, unless stated otherwise. All photos and media are being used under the Fair copyright law 107. Our media is for personal viewing and shall not be displayed as your own.