- The former Intercontinental champion recalls the segment in the electric chair that occurred on RAW during May 2019.
- Sami clarified that the backstage reaction was not favorable.
The Monday Night RAW episode on May 27, 2019, featured Sami Zayn sitting in an electric chair and answering questions from the audience. The audience that night was surprised when the superstar mentioned the phrase “You can ask me about anything, even AEW “, causing a great lack of control on the part of the public.
In relation to this moment, the former intercontinental champion made a series of statements for the Sportskeeda news portal. “I can’t say it was totally off the script,” clarified Sami. “But it did happen in a different way than planned, and the backstage reaction was, let’s say … not favorable. Especially because the segment of the electric chair had been released that same week.”
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In order to attract a larger audience in the last hour of RAW, the creatives of WWE had thought of a segment focused on an electric chair. “Everyone was thinking about that company at that time,” clarified Sami Zayn. “I think it happened close to their TV deal when they confirmed that it would be more than just an occasional pay-per-view. We risked doing a segment with legitimate questions from the public, where anyone could ask anything. And hopefully that someone will ask about it. ”
“We were playing unpredictable terrain. And when I got to be there, I felt like I didn’t have much of a risky vibe. The questions were too sterile. I thought turning this segment into something controversial was my job. And the fact that Today let’s talk about it means that I achieved my goal. ” Despite the fact that WWE edited the segment when it was shared on social networks, the fans did not skimp when it came to presenting the censored section, as well as commenting on the subject.