Sami Zayn Believes WWE World Title Reign Might Have Been More Feasible Under Vince McMahon

Sami Zayn described the creative processes of Paul “Triple H” Levesque and Vince McMahon as having both benefits and drawbacks.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Zayn noted that Levesque’s long-term planning could reduce his chances of becoming a WWE World Champion. He contrasted this with McMahon’s unpredictable weekly approach, where unforeseen events could unexpectedly lead someone to win the World title.

Zayn said:

“Here’s how I see it. I think Hunter sees me differently from how Vince saw me, especially as a good guy.

I think Vince saw me much more as a bad guy, for a number of reasons. He saw my irksome qualities that he thought lent itself to being an irksome character. Having said that, I think things were a lot more unpredictable because of the nature of Vince’s week-to-week, kind of approach, that sometimes the marble would just fall in the right hole, and now you’re champion, whereas with Hunter, I think it’s much more he has longer-term vision, and if you’re not part of that vision, then the chances of breaking into that vision are much, much slimmer.

It’s kind of a double-edged sword. He might see me in a way that lends itself more to being in that mix and possibly winning it. But on the other hand, I could have just slipped on a banana peel and won the world title.

I just do my best. I just give the best performances I can give, I try to perform with as much emotion as possible and tell the best stories I can tell. And I hope that that eventually gets me there.

I’d like to win the world title once before I call it a day, there’s no question, but I don’t live and die by that. It’d be great, and I really appreciate people saying they’d love to see it. I’d love to see it too, and I hope it happens, but if it doesn’t, thank you just the same, because it’s been amazing.”

Sami Zayn, who is the current Intercontinental Champion, recently ended Gunther’s historic 666-day title reign by defeating him at WrestleMania 40. Zayn is set to defend his title in a triple threat match against Chad Gable and Bronson Reed at the upcoming WWE King & Queen of the Ring event in Saudi Arabia on May 25. Prior to that, he will compete against Gable in a non-title singles match on Raw next Monday.

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