Sami Zayn Discusses Mentioning AEW On WWE Television

Recently, “The Great Liberator” Sami Zayn spoke with SportsKeeda about the time he mentioned AEW, while sitting in Corey Graves "Ëlectric Chair". During the interview, Sami spoke about whether or not the moment was planned in advance, and the aftermath of the moment. Sami had this to say:

“So it wasn’t entirely, entirely off the cuff but it was off the cuff to a certain degree, and the reaction was, uh, let’s say unfavorable (laughs) since the electric chair met its demise that very same week.”

Sami also spoke about having a general idea that he may be asked about AEW, since the company had very recently announced it would soon begin airing on TV. The former Intercontinental Champion said:

“So it was right on everybody’s mind. It was super, super fresh and I think they had just announced this TV deal. They had just announced that this wasn’t just going to be a pay-per-view. This is going to be a competitor and all this sort of stuff. And they tell me that we’re doing this segment where it’s legitimately, you know, unplanned questions and anybody could ask anything. So at the time this was the number one topic in the wrestling world. So you kind of expected to be asked about it.”

Sami Zayn, who is also a former NXT Champion, took a moment to speak about the “Electric Chair” segment, which is no longer a part of Raw. The segment, similar to things like “Raw Dark” and “Raw Underground”, has been discontinued. Sami gave a few thoughts on the now retired segment, and said:

“What they were going for was that it had a very risky, unpredictable feel to it… As I was out there, I was like, this doesn’t have these vibes, these questions are too sterile. So I felt like it was upon me, it was incumbent upon me, to sort of make it controversial. And the fact that we’re talking about it now, all this time later, you know I hate to say I was right, but I kind of think I was right to do it. I shed a little tear just thinking about what the Electric Chair could have been. You know what I mean? Cause that could have been super exciting. Really unpredictable questions from the fans and you really don’t know what’s coming. Eh. Failed experiment, but what can you do?”

(H/T and transcribed by 411 Mania)