Sami Zayn: I thought Jackass was just a bunch of guys getting hurt

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Sami Zayn:  I thought Jackass was just a bunch of guys getting hurt
Sami Zayn: I thought Jackass was just a bunch of guys getting hurt

Out of Character Podcast brings always interesting guests, so this time too. Sami Zayn spoke about the fights against the celebrities. Given that his opponent was Johnny Knoxville, Zayn has shown maturity and clearly knows how to deal with pressure.

“It made me have to break down the business to the most basic, fundamental, I don’t even want to call it rules, but parameters,” Zayn said, as quoted by wrestlinginc. “Let’s talk about a good guy, what’s a good guy? What’s a bad guy? So when you have to articulate that, you re-educate yourself because we get on the handsome wheel ourselves, especially on the independents of doing that independent, Ring of Honor style.

“You start to see the business this one way, catering to one kind of fan, and then I have to take a step back and look at the business from the ground up, and I’m like, what is a good guy? What is a bad guy? What are we even doing in this ring? What is the point of even getting in this ring? What are we trying to get out of the fans?" Logan Paul was also an integral part of Wrestlemania.

Zayn is happy for the fight, and for the reaction of the audience. “We’re trying to make them feel things, we’re trying to take them on a ride. So I re-educated myself and all these lightbulbs started going off for me, also the egos, like damn, I know a lot, I’m good.

With Logan [Paul] and Knoxville, one of those things that the ego enjoys is, damn, I know a lot and I only realize how much I know when I have to explain it to someone who knows zero. “Not only that, they’re great performers in their own right so I like bouncing off [of them], especially Knoxville because he’s so creative.

Some of the stuff we’ve done, what I’ve really loved about it is building a story to a WrestleMania match in a way that you couldn’t with any other WWE superstar. There’s no other WWE superstar on the roster where the way we’re going to build our WrestleMania match is.

I’m going to go to a movie premiere or he’s going to fly my phone number over Los Angeles”.


Sami Zayn lost to Knoxville, but he also admitted that he had prejudices about Jackass, but Zayn seems to have changed his mind now, and he started to see it as fun and nothing more.

"No, I could talk terribly about Knoxville all day and if you had more time I would, but I will point the finger at myself here,” Sami Zayn said. “I will admit to being narrow-minded and missing the point, and it’s ironic because of how much I love wrestling.

I thought Jackass was just a bunch of guys getting hurt. “This is where me and Kevin were very opposite, he loves watching videos of people eating it, getting hurt and he just loves it and I don’t. 'I don’t like watching people get hurt and I thought Jackass was just a bunch of people getting hurt, I don’t want to watch it.

I totally missed the point of the appeal of what Jackass was, which was it was about the buddies, and the laughs, and the, ‘I’ll get you and you get me next and we both laugh about it.’ “It’s just fun and I didn’t get it.

I never gave it the fair chance. I did watch Jackass Forever and I have watched some old Jackass because I’m scouting my opponent, and I was like, oh man, I totally missed the point. The finger, I point at myself and I’ll admit I was totally wrong about it”.

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