Rami Sebei is a 38-year-old wrestler from Laval, Quebec, Canada. He wrestles for the WWE and currently performs on SmackDown under the ring name, Sami Zayn.
Sebei made his wrestling debut on July 14, 2002 as El Generico for the promotion International Wrestling Syndicate at Scarred For Life in a count out victory. His El Generico persona was a character of a luchador from Mexico with the catchphrase “Olé!”
On November 15 at IWS’s Payback’s A Bitch, Generico defeated Kevin Steen (Kevin Owens) in their first-ever singles match against each other. The following June, Generico defeated PCO in an IWS title match for his first IWS World Heavyweight Championship only to have Kevin Steen reclaim his number one contendership won earlier in the night against Excess 69. Generico lost to Steen for the IWS World Heavyweight Championship.
In 2004, he started making regular appearances for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and held PWG World Tag Team Championship five times with four different partners. In 2007, he also became the PWG World Champion. Sebei also wrestled for Chikara and Ring of Honor from 2005 to 2012. Starting in 2007, he traveled to Japan and worked for Dragon Gate and DDT Pro-Wrestling.
Sami Zayn’s WWE Debut & Contract
In 2013, Sebei signed with WWE and was assigned a new ring name: Sami Zayn. He had his first match for WWE’s NXT in May 2013 where he defeated Curt Hawkins. Zayn competed in numerous matches against Cesaro, Leo Kruger, Jack Swagger, Neville, Tyson Kidd and others.
On December 11, 2014, Sami Zayn defeated Neville to win the the NXT Championship at NXT TakeOver: R Evolution. After his win, Zayn was congratulated by many wrestlers including Neville and Kevin Owens. The show ended however with Owens powerbombing Zayn onto the ring apron which sparked a new feud.
At NXT TakeOver: Rival, Kevin Owens defeated Sami Zayn, having powerbombed Zayn five times, ending his NXT Championship reign at 62 days. In May 2015, Sami Zayn accepted John Cena’s United States Championship Open Challenge, but he lost the match. He had his last NXT match at NXT TakeOver: Dallas when he lost to Shinsuke Nakamura.
Sami Zayn’s Main Roster Debut
Zayn competed in the 2016 Royal Rumble but had his official main roster debut in March 2016 where he teamed with Neville in a winning effort over Kevin Owens and The Miz. In 2019, Zayn aligned himself with Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro and they faced Braun Strowman at Elimination Chamber 2020 in a 3-on-1 handicap match for the Intercontinental Championship. Sami won the title by pinning Strowman. Zayn had to vacate the title due to his concerns about wrestling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the end of August 2020, Zayn returned with his Intercontinental title, the title he refused to drop. Following Jeff Hardy’s successful title defense against Nakamura, Zayn attacked Jeff Hardy declaring himself the “real” Intercontinental Champion. At Clash of Champions on September 27, Zayn defeated Hardy and AJ Styles in a triple threat ladder match to reclaim the Intercontinental Championship. Zayn lost the title to Big E during the December 25th episode of SmackDown ending his reign at 89 days.
Sami Zayn: Conspiracy Theorist
At the Royal Rumble event on January 31, 2021, Zayn competed in his fourth Royal Rumble match but was eliminated by Big E. On the February 12th episode of SmackDown, Zayn teamed with King Corbin to defeat The Mysterios (Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio) to qualify for the Elimination Chamber match.
At the event, Sami was the second man eliminated in the match by Kevin Owens. Zayn’s gimmick was then altered to become a deranged conspiracy theorist who believed that WWE bosses were holding him down. Soon after, he reignited his feud with Kevin Owens after trying unsuccessfully to convince him to believe in the conspiracy theories.
Owens then challenged Zayn to a match at WrestleMania 37 which Zayn accepted. At WrestleMania 37, Zayn lost to Kevin Owens. Their feud continued after WrestleMania which led to a match at Hell in a Cell in which Zayn defeated Owens. Their rivalry ended on the July 2nd episode of SmackDown in a Last Man Standing match to qualify for the men’s Money in the Bank Ladder match. Kevin Owens was victorious.
In October, Zayn entered the King of the Ring tournament. He defeated Rey Mysterio in the first round but lost to Finn Bálor in the semi-finals. On November 6, it was announced that Sami Zayn would be a part of Team SmackDown at Survivor Series. But on the November 12 episode of SmackDown, Zayn faced Jeff Hardy in a match with the stipulation that whoever lost was removed from the Smackdown Survivor Series team. Jeff Hardy defeated Zayn who was then removed from SmackDown’s Survivor Series team.
Sami Zayn Number 1 Contender
On the November 26 episode of SmackDown, Zayn competed in a battle royal to determine the number one contender for the Universal Championship. He was the last man standing after eliminating Jeff Hardy. On the December 3rd episode of SmackDown, Zayn faced Universal Champion Roman Reigns for the title but lost in 15 seconds due to Brock Lesnar attacking him before the match.
At the December 24 episode of SmackDown, Zayn won a 12-man gauntlet match to become the number one contender for the Intercontinental Championship.
On the January 7th 2022 episode of SmackDown, Sami Zayn entered a feud with Johnny Knoxville, after Knoxville announced he would be entering the Royal Rumble match. At the Royal Rumble event on January 29, Zayn competed in his fifth Royal Rumble match, eliminating Knoxville before being eliminated by AJ Styles.
Sami Zayn’s Third Intercontinental Championship Run
At a special taping of Friday Night SmackDown on February 11 2022, Sami Zayn defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to win the Intercontinental Championship for a third time.
Three weeks later, Zayn dropped the championship to Ricochet after interference from Johnny Knoxville. This ended his reign at 21 days (recognized by WWE as 13 days). Later the same night, Zayn would challenge Knoxville to a match at WrestleMania 38 which was made official shortly after.SHOW LESS
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Career Championships and Accomplishments
- Association de Lutte Féminine
- Sensational Sherri Memorial Cup Tournament (2007)
- Britannia Wrestling Promotions
- PWI:BWP World Catchweight Championship (1 time)
- Rey de Voladores (2011)
- DDT Pro-Wrestling / Union Pro Wrestling
- DDT Extreme Division Championship (1 time)
- KO-D Openweight Championship (1 time)
- Best Foreigner Award (2012)
- Elite Wrestling Revolution
- Elite 8 Tournament (2004)
- GBG Wrestling
- GBG Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- International Wrestling Syndicate
- IWS World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- IWS World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Monteregie Wrestling Federation
- MWF Provincial Championship (1 time)
- North Shore Pro Wrestling
- NSPW Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
- PWG World Championship (2 times)
- PWG World Tag Team Championship (5 times)
- Battle of Los Angeles (2011)
- Dynamite Duumvirate Tag Team Title Tournament (2010)
- Pro Wrestling Prestige
- PWP Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Puerto Rico Wrestling Association
- PRWA Caribbean Championship (1 time)
- Ring of Honor
- ROH World Television Championship (1 time)
- ROH World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- STHLM Wrestling
- STHLM Wrestling Championship (1 time)
- Westside Xtreme Wrestling
- wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship (1 time)
- 16 Carat Gold Tournament (2012)
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- NXT Championship (1 time)
- WWE Intercontinental Championship (3 times)
- Slammy Award (1 time)