Whilst wrestlers always want support from the fans, it would seem there’s one thing Sami Zayn doesn’t want to hear.
The former two-time Intercontinental Champion has explained why he doesn’t like the crowd chanting “you deserve it”.
Speaking on Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette, he pointed out that generally everyone works hard and deserves it, and it can be more about luck than judgement.
My favourite chant in wrestling, the ‘you deserve it.’ And I’m like ‘do you? Do you deserve anything?’” Zayn said. “What about believing that chant? You know what? ‘I worked hard and I do deserve it.’ No, I don’t think so. Everyone works hard, with a few exceptions. The biggest source of, what’s the word I’m looking for, malcontent? The thing that leaves me in a state of unease is how amazing my life is and the juxtaposition with how awful life is for so many other people and the sorrow I feel for other people and how I have it so good. It’s not because I deserve it. That’s the point. I don’t deserve it any more than the next person. I don’t.
I believe it’s just mainly luck. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I worked hard. Whatever. Everybody works hard. And you know what, I’m really great at wrestling. I’m really really good. Not everybody is this good. But a lot of people work hard at a lot of things and don’t get the breaks, and I got breaks. And it’s time to acknowledge that. Don’t ever chant ‘You deserve it’ at me. I don’t want to hear it. I would much rather ‘you got lucky! You got lucky!’ That would be more accurate. That’s a good chant. When I win the WWE Championship, that’s what I want. ‘You got super lucky!’ Not the best chant in the world, but you make it work, people. You make it work. That’s the truth. Hard work, sure, whatever.
This is to an extent understandable, as if you’re not in the position for your effort to be seen then you may never get the opportunity to hear a chant like that.
In a very open interview, Zayn also discussed that everyone in wrestling is a work in progress.
My point is while we’re talking ‘us, us, us’, you’re relying on the person next to you to get you there. You can be the best, you can cut the best promo in the world. Who are you going to cut a promo on if no one is there to work with you? We need one another to get ahead on an individual level. Just understanding that dynamic I think is important. And again, it’s one of those things that’s reflected in society and in ourselves, but also you see it in the wrestling business. When we talk about ‘that guy’s the best and that guy’s the best’, you have to understand the totality of the picture. That’s all I’m getting at.
Whilst Zayn may have had an outlandish character on SmackDown lately, these open opinions are extremely refreshing to hear.
With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quotes.