WWE Legend Points Out How Sami Zayn Made the Saudi Arabia Crowd Remnant of Puerto Rico With an “Understated” Gesture That Did a World of Good to Pro Wrestling

Published 05/30/2023, 6:00 PM EDT

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The Bloodline vs Sami Zayn is a feud that has been running in WWE for quite some time now. At first, Zayn was involved with Roman Reigns when he became part of the stable. However, after seeing how it altered him and his relationships, Zayn turned on Reigns. The rivalry started after Zayn turned on Reigns at Royal Rumble and was later beaten down by The Bloodline. The Tribal Chief challenged him to fight in the Elimination Chamber. Although Zayn lost to Reigns in that match, he did not stop just there.

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The storyline finally brought the rivals together for another match at the Night of Champions in Saudi Arabia. It looks like WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry has got something to say about what Zayn did right before his match.

Sami Zayn impressed Mark Henry

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During a recent episode of ‘Busted Open’, Mark Henry discussed the main event of Night of Champions with his co-hosts. Zayn impressed the Hall of Famer by walking in wearing Arabic “ceremonial garb” and speaking in his native language. “An understated point in the main event… Sami coming out and talking to the fans in the native tongue [Arabic] meant an incredible amount. It added so much to that match and to the show,” said Mark Henry.

After appreciating the Arabic ceremonial garb for its aesthetic, Henry went on to compare the crowd in Saudi Arabia with that of Backlash by saying, “That crowd was remnant of the crowd that we saw in Puerto Rico.” He said that the audience during both these events was ‘hot and fired up’ because they felt included.

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The Hall of Famer believes that integrating what the crowd could add to the show will uplift the pro wrestling industry even more. In fact, we could see a fragment of the crowd’s power during the event’s press conference in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabian crowd goes crazy for Sami Zayn

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Before Night of Champions a video of the event’s press conference was posted by WWE on Instagram. The Bloodline reached the press conference before their opponents. The crowd seemed invested in their words until the ‘hero’ of the event showed up.

As Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens interrupted The Tribal Chief with their presence, the crowd couldn’t stop cheering for them. Upon Zayn’s entry, the audience was filled with energy and started singing for him.

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This incident, along with the connection that the crowd felt during Zayn’s Arabic promo, represent the power of the crowd in pro wrestling events.

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Kaif Ali is a combat sports writer at EssentiallySports, known for his coverage of UFC and WWE. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in the English language from a top university. He is a passionate fan of legendary UFC fighters Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor, as well as a dedicated supporter of WWE icon Steve Austin.
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