If you heard the name Rami Sebei, you probably wouldn't think much about it. However, what if we said Rami Sebei was someone who has spent the last 14 years developing his craft in and out of the ring?
Many fans that follow WWE may not know that Rami Sebei is gone, and an underdog from the underground stands in his place today: none other than Sami Zayn.
During his time on the independent scene, Zayn was known for his wide repertoire of moves and high-flying style, an ability to captivate an audience due to an unrelenting will to achieve. He was being noticed, and it was only a matter of time before he transitioned from promotions such as PWG and ROH to a much grander scale. Once the opportunity presented itself, Sami Zayn was born.
Development in Sebei's career certainly saw its ups and downs. Much like anyone else's career that undergoes a change, transitions from promotion to promotion led him to go in a number of different of directions. Whether it was in North America or Japan, he always made an effort to stand out while trying to evolve. Gone is the wrestler who did spots alone, and in its place is one of the hardest working performers on the WWE roster. We give you 14 things you probably didn't know about Sami Zayn:
14 He Feuded Against Kevin Owens Prior To Their Time In WWE
13 He Wrestled Under A Mask As El Generico (But Publicly Denies It)
12 He Once Wrestled Under A Mask For NXT
11 He Was Once Trained By A Former WWE Superstar
10 He Competed On The Main Roster Before Challenging Kevin Owens & John Cena
9 He Competed In 14 Different Countries Before Joining WWE
8 He Feuded Against Cesaro Prior To Joining WWE
7 He Once Upset One Direction Fans On Twitter
6 The Ole Chants
5 He Doesn't Like To Waste Food
4 He Previously Ignored Stone Cold's Advice
3 He & Neville Got Soccer Banned From NXT's Locker Room
2 The Guns N' Roses Concert Incident
1 His Syrian Decent Was Never Going To Be Used As A Stereotypical Gimmick
Many wrestling fans know that Sami Zayn is of Syrian descent. In his case, it was never going to be used as a gimmick. He wants to proudly represent the Arab people, as there is little positive representation of them on television. He wants to do things differently, portraying and representing his cultural background in a way that others could be proud of. So, he is simply himself - not trying to be defined as Arabic, but rather as Sami Zayn, a person that happens to be Arabic. It's a realistic take, rather than what he's described as "pantomime villians."
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