— WWE superstar Sami Zayn spoke with Corey Graves on “After the Bell” and discussed his recent appearance in Saudi Arabia in front of what he described as “my people” while also noting that his visit to Mecca and visiting family members he hadn’t seen in 25 years. Zayn last wrestled in Saudi Arabia in 2014 and in the Middle East region in general since 2016.
“I’m Arabic, I’m Muslim, all this stuff and that’s my part of the world. I understand those people, those are my people.
When I went there, I got to go to Mecca, which was just a surreal, surreal experience. And then I also saw my Uncles that I hadn’t seen in 25 years, I had cousins I hadn’t seen in 25 years. I met my Great Uncle I didn’t even know who existed.
So, it was pretty heavy in a lot of ways, it had a lot of weight. And then the actual event itself and the reception from the audience, it’s kind of what I’ve been waiting for for a while in a way because, again, I always felt I would have been the natural representative for those shows and I just wasn’t. So, it was good to finally be put in that position. “