The following are highlights from a recent WWE.com interview with Sami Zayn:
On his first match with Cesaro: “A lot of it has to do with the fans’ feelings toward the first match we had. I still hear about the match all the time from fans, from people at the WWE Performance Center, even from WWE Superstars on Raw and SmackDown. The larger the reputation of the match grew, the more disappointed I became with the fact that I lost. It’s hard for an athlete to accept that the thing you are most known for is a loss.”
On his rematch with Cesaro at NXT “Arrival”: “Another shot at Cesaro at the most important NXT event ever? What more incentive do I need, really?”
On the status of his knee: “I spent a lot of time focusing on getting my knee to 100 percent. I’ve done a lot of rehab exercises, but to be honest, most of my preparation has been mental. I won’t get into the nitty gritty of my mental preparation because some of it is a bit weird, but I’m in the zone and I will be ready.”
On wanting to prove himself: “I want to prove that I am the best NXT has to offer. I want to prove that to Triple H, Shawn Michaels and my boyhood hero, Bret Hart, who will be in attendance that night. I want to make John Cena, the guy at the top of our industry, see that Sami Zayn is going to be the guy out of NXT to keep your eye on. I want to prove it to the fans who’ve believed in me all along. I want to prove to the people that never believed that I even belonged here, just how wrong they are. Above all else, I not only want to prove it to Cesaro, I need to prove it to myself.”
Check out the complete interview at WWE.com.