The pandemic has shocked the whole world and even the WWE has had to deal with one of the most difficult times for humanity since the Second World War. While it managed to continue its shows, Vince McMahon's federation had to undergo a long series of restrictions and frequently test their athletes.
The absence of an audience in the arena also forced the company to make some layoffs both among superstars and behind the scenes, a painful choice that also involved some illustrious names. According to what has been leaked in recent weeks, WWE should welcome back a slice of spectators just in time for WrestleMania, whose 37th edition will take place over two evenings.
In a lengthy interview with Rick Ucchino for Sportskeeda, Sami Zayn talked about his absence from the scene after WrestleMania 36 and how difficult it has been for everyone to figure out how to behave over the past few months.
“Now we know a lot more about COVID-19, more adequate measures have been found to manage the pandemic and avoid the collapse of the health system. At the time, that is, in March-April, there was a lot of uncertainty.
We didn't really know what the agreement was and some family circumstances led me to take a break. The wrestlers had a choice and I didn't hesitate to do so. Obviously, it was difficult to give up the stage, as well as part of the compensation, but I thought it was the best decision for both me and those around me,” he said.
Sami Zayn took time off from WWE for around six months
After successfully defending his Intercontinental title against Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 36, Sami Zayn disappeared from television screens for a long time.
Sami returned in September last year, playing an individual match against AJ Styles. At Clash of Champions 2020, he defeated Jeff Hardy and Styles himself in a 'Three-Way Ladder match' for the Intercontinental belt.
Despite having an 89-day reign as Intercontinental Champion, Sami Zayn very rarely defended the title on Friday Nights. Instead, he spent more time at live events. The Great Liberator revealed that some of his favorite work as a champion was at live events.
"Sadly, some of my favorite work from that time period is all on live events, I don’t think it’ll ever see the light of day. But, I was so proud of so much of that stuff we were doing there." Sami Zayn is a capable wrestler and has all the skill and charisma to be a top WWE Superstar on either brand. And, there is still a lot left for The Great Liberator to accomplish.