• WWE Officials Had A Talk With Sami Zayn For Being Annoying
While speaking on The New Day: Feel The Power podcast, Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn discussed what WWE officials discussed with him when wrestlers complained about him for being annoying.
Below is what he said:
“WWE made me aware of some of my own actions. I came in and the big mantra was perception is reality. Even though I was 28 when I got there, I don’t think I was a fully mature person in some ways. I don’t think I was fully aware that I had my interpretation of what I thought I was and then there were a lot of people who didn’t agree with that. I see myself one way and they are seeing me in a very different way.
It made me a lot more aware of how my actions are perceived by people who are not me. For example, what I might perceive as fun loving, let’s have some fun chat on the bus might be perceived as annoying. I always only looked through my own lens, but being around these people with all these different points of view starts making you look at yourself through their lens.
On the independents, it’s a very different mindset. We are all just buddies. I would not call it a competitive environment. Everybody wanted to have great matches, but it’s not like you viewed the other person as a threat. When you come to WWE, especially back then, it’s different now, but it fostered a culture that the person sitting next to you was not your friend. He was a threat to your success. It was the culture at the time. I remember struggling with that.”
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• Old School ECW/WWF Veteran Celebrates His Birthday
Old School ECW/WWF Veteran & Puroresu Legend “The Japanese Buzzsaw” Yoshihiro Tajiri celebrates his 50th birthday today.
Tajiri wrestled for Paul Heyman’s Extreme Championship Wrestling from 1998 till they closed their doors in 2001, but was immediately picked up by Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation (later WWE), where he wrestled until he went back to his home country, Japan, in December 2005.
In Japan, The Japanese Buzzsaw wrestled for several promotions such as New Japan Pro-Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling, Hustle & Wrestle-1
He returned to the United States, when he joined iMPACT Wrestling (fka TNA) for a few matches in 2014 and then returned to the WWE for the 2016 Cruiserweight Classic and WWE’s cruiserweight division “205 Live”.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAJIRI!