Sami Zayn finally faces off against the undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns (who has been champion for 901 days now) at Elimination Chamber, the culmination of what has been described as a theatrical, Shakespearean storyline more than ten months in the making.
Zayn knows the gravity of his match against Roman Reigns at Elimination Chamber, one which might very well be the most important match of his WWE career; add to that the fact that he’s fighting in front of his hometown crowd in Montreal and it makes an already monumental match even more significant. Zayn even compared the vibe of his match to another infamous one that took place in Montreal back in 1997, the infamous Montreal Screwjob match which took place between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. Is Sami just describing his match as being similar in importance to Bret vs. Shawn, or could he be alluding to the fact that something as significant as the Montreal Screwjob might go down at Elimination Chamber?
“It has been nine or ten months of building,” Zayn said in a video chat with Post Wrestling. “The feeling of this big championship fight vibe in the city is remarkable, and then to realize that I am at the center of it, that is the part that is starting to connect now. It feels so much like the vibe I felt as a kid going into Bret and Shawn in 1997.”
Zayn also revealed how he’s stepped it up as a WWE superstar in the recent years, becoming more versatile aameliorating both his character and overall skillset in such a way that, along with his involvement with the culmination of the Bloodline storyline, has earned him the right to face Reigns for the undisputed WWE Universal championship in the first place.
“I think a lot of people could recognize a year or two, or five years ago, that I’m pretty good in the ring,” Zayn said. “But when you start to see that this guy can act, can tell a story, and do all these things. That is when it starts to come together. So for me, versatility and being able to check all those boxes is a recurring theme in my career. Where it is not just about one thing, it is about everything. It’s one thing to be able to do house shows, but then on TV, you don’t translate. I want to be able to do it all.”
What do you think of the comments made by Sami Zayn on his match against Roman Reigns at Elimination Chamber? Do you think the Sami Zayn vs. Roman Reigns match carries with it the same vibe that Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels in 1997 did? Is the 2023 Elimination Chamber another Montreal Screwjob in the making? Sound off in the comments.