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Sami Zayn explains why he referenced AEW on WWE programming

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WWE Superstar Sami Zayn recently revealed why he decided to name drop AEW during a now-infamous segment of RAW a few years ago.

Speaking to Cultaholic, Zayn revealed exactly why he decided to bring up the then-new promotion that could end up being a legitimate rival to WWE.

“What happened is the timing of that is sometimes forgotten” Sami Zayn would begin on the Cultaholic podcast.

“You’re referring to the electric chair segment which was a totally unscripted segment. The timing of that segment was very interesting because it was the next day after AEW had just had their first-ever pay-per-view.

“It was a very hot topic at the time. It was hot off the heels of their first pay-per-view and it was hot off the announcement that AEW was going to be a company” Zayn added.

Sami Zayn on AEW reference

“It was so new and so fresh and we felt that it was going to be on everybody’s minds. I felt like it was bound to come up, and it kind of weirdly didn’t” Zayn added, referring to how the crowd didn’t actually bring up All Elite.

“At that point in the segment, some of the questions I thought would’ve been a lot more provocative because it was unscripted. While I was out there, I felt like a lot of the questions were a bit flat. Me using my judgment, I figured this needed some pizzazz, so I brought it up myself” the former Intercontinental Champion concluded.

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