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Sami Zayn talks WWE never having a positive Arab character, not having a stereotypical gimmick

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Sami Zayn is of arab descent

Source: Sport 360

Former WWE NXT Champion Sami Zayn was recently interviewed by Sport 360 to discuss the WWE tour in Abu Dhabi that concluded yesterday. Below are some highlights:

Representing Arabs:

"It's something that I've always wanted to do in terms of being an Arab presence in an Arab market as I don't think a lot of people have been able to do it in wrestling. Certainly in the WWE there has never been a positive Arab image so if I can contribute to that then I feel great about that. Not just for myself but the whole Arab market."

Not being given a stereotypical gimmick:

"I'm very proud that I can be myself. I'm not trying to be Arabic, I'm just being me and I happen to be Arabic. I think that might be refreshing to some people and it's a bit more realistic than these pantomime villains we've seen before. Hopefully I can change some people's perceptions being a down-to-earth human being that happens to be Arabic. Whether you're Arabic or Portuguese it doesn't really matter. A dude's a dude!"

Sami also discussed returning to Abu Dhabi, not obsessing about when he'll be on RAW and more. You can check out the full interview by clicking here.

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