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Sami Zayn talks about representing Arab wrestlers, career planning, more

NXT Champion Sami Zayn recently spoke to TimeOut Dubai to promote the upcoming WWE tour in Abu Dhabi.

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News 05 Feb 2015, 05:11 IST
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Sami Zayn talks about Arab wrestlers in WWE

NXT Champion Sami Zayn recently spoke to TimeOut Dubai to promote the upcoming WWE tour in Abu Dhabi. Zayn discussed the lack of Arab wrestlers in WWE, his diet, returning to UAE, how he came up with his finisher and more. Zayn also spoke about his career plans for the next ten years. 

Below are some of the highlights from his interview:

Why there aren't more Arab wrestlers in WWE

"I don't know why there aren't many. In NXT, the Performance Center, there are some people with some Arab roots, and also WWE is going overseas to look for this. I don't feel pressure to represent, but I do feel a great sense of pride because there really hasn't been this kind of representation for the Arab people before. 

And, let's be honest, Arabs aren't always depicted in the most accurate way. If I can help contribute to a different perspective of how Arabs are viewed then that's great. 

I'm not like Captain Arabia or anything like that, I'm just a guy with red hair who happens to be Arabic. I'm in a position to change people's perspective, even if it's a few, then that's bigger than wrestling to me."

How he sees his career panning out being 30

"There used to be an expression that nobody makes money until after 30, but that changed in the last 15 years with guys like The Rock, and Randy Orton who were 25 when they won the world champs, and that was unheard off before. It takes about 10 years to start really getting it. So I'm 30, and I'm around that point when I'm getting it. I don't know how long I have in me, but I'm hoping for at least another ten good years."

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