Sami Zayn spoke to Peter Rosenberg's "Cheap Heat" podcast about various topics. One of the topics was the collaboration with Jimmy and Jey Uso. Zayn especially put the accent on the handshake, which fans noticed. “These dynamics that we sort of splintered off to with Jimmy and Jey, they’re like, there’s a certain element, not to say Jey is like the angry one or anything.
It’s a story we’ve told for six months, but Jimmy really is a laid back dude. The relationship that we had on screen is very, very similar to the relationship we have backstage. So there was a funny thing that I just saw, where it was a video from, I think, 2019 or 2020, of us doing the handshake because that’s our real life handshake.
Then I saw these people like, ‘Oh, this isn’t just something they did for the story. This isn’t just something they’re doing for TV. This is their actual greeting that they do in the locker room.’ The Usos have cool handshakes with a lot of people.
They’re the coolest, most universally adored people, and everyone has a rapport with them. Our handshake also evolved. It started out as one thing and then it turned into something else. But all this to say, that handshake has been our thing for, you know, many, many years and then it just found its way onto TV”.
- he said, as quoted by pwmania.com
Zayn on collaboration with talents
Zayn also mentioned several names with whom he would like to collaborate, and it must be admitted that the mentioned names are great talents who will surely have a great career.
Some even already have them. “Not a ton. This is gonna make me sound like I’m becoming one of those old vets. Like it’s, ok, I do see some guys out there. MJF pops into mind. I think he’s very talented. There’s one that, like strictly, not like a long term storytelling type thing, which is where my mind goes a lot, but there’s a kid in AEW called Dante Martin, who’s just like a really great high-flier.
It kind of reminds me of the matches I would have on the Independents with guys who are really good high-fliers. So just strictly based on in-ring, I think if we were working an Indy in front of 300 people. But a lot of the guys that I, it’s guys that I’ve worked with before that I just miss and I would love to work with again.
Kenny Omega just as an example, I haven’t seen him in 10 years. That’s insane. The last time I saw him was in December of 2012, and, you know, I miss him, and I miss working with him”.