The critics say that Sami Zayn cannot win the big one. And after numerous championship losses, Sami is starting to believe it. This is why, at NXT Takeover R Evolution, Sami has given himself the ultimatum: either become the NXT champion, or leave the business. Because if Sami, he feels, cannot win the NXT championship from his friend Adrian Neville, then he doesn’t have what it takes to be a WWE Superstar.
Now, how many wrestlers do you know that would place such an ultimatum on themselves? Usually it’s the one being challenged that gets to set the rules; but Sami has always stepped to a different beat. He’s also a nice guy, but as the old saying goes, nice guys finish last. And the current champion Adrian Neville knows Sami is a nice guy, and despite being friends with his opponent, also takes blatant advantage of the fact that he is so nice.
In their last encounter, Adrian hurt his knee on a vicious Falcon Arrow corkscrew that misfired. Sami could have gone for the pinfall, but he was more concerned over the safety of his friend. Adrian took that moment of weakness to get a quick roll up to retain his championship. Adrian has told Sami that the difference between them is that he knows what it takes to be a champion. Sami doesn’t see it that way.
Times are different now, things aren’t what they were 50 years ago when wrestlers fought with a code of honor and respect for their fellow competitor. Things are nitty-gritty now, and WWE Superstars will take a victory however they can because as Paul Heyman has advocated about his client Brock Lesnar, the one who holds the gold, holds the power. Adrian follows that philosophy to heart, not to say he’s a bad guy, but he understands that in order to make it into this business, there is no room for friendship when it comes to the championship.
If Sami Zayn loses in this championship match against Neville, there is no do-over. Sami will leave the business of sports entertainment. In the event that this does happen, what will happen to the psychological state of Sami Zayn? Just look at his name – Sami Zayn. Sounds awfully close to insane… What if he goes insane and has an identity crisis?
Before being signed to WWE, Sami Zayn used to hide his face behind a mask. So in the event that Sami Zayn does lose the big one at NXT Takeover R Evolution, what if he leaves the WWE but comes back as someone else? Someone they were not expecting? Someone that is in-Zayn? What if he comes back as El Generico?
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