[136][137] Zayn was rewarded with a title match against Neville on the November 13 episode of NXT in which Neville appeared to injure himself during the match, but he took advantage on Zayn checking on him to win the match and retain the title. [82] In October 2009 El Generico traveled to Poland to take part in Do or Die Wrestling's event in Warsaw, defeating Michael Kovac in the main event of the show. His signature moves like Brainbuster and Yakuza Kick not only has wowed the Muslim crowds but all of the people who comprehend the different religion all across the globe. [30] The following day El Generico entered the Rey de Voladores tournament, but was defeated by Kota Ibushi in his four-way elimination semifinal match, which also included Jigsaw and Nick Jackson. [46] The following day, El Generico defeated another member of the House of Truth, Roderick Strong, but after the match was attacked by Elgin and Martini. [66] On November 25, El Generico defeated KO-D Tag Team Champion Mikami for his second successful defense of the KO-D Openweight Championship. [61] El Generico has also made some appearances for Union Pro's parent promotion, DDT Pro-Wrestling, most notably defeating Kota Ibushi in Ibushi's return match from a shoulder injury on May 4, 2012. He only received a few more matches, losing to Austin Aries at Fate of an Angel and getting his first win against fellow IWS alumnus Kevin Steen at The Homecoming (a match that didn't even make it to the event's DVD). Celebrity Article, Biography and Net Worth. The former NXT champion is taken at the moment by his longtime girlfriend as he has not hidden his wedding ring while appearing in the interviews or away from the WWE scene. On October 8, at Hell in a Cell, Zayn turned heel for the first time in his WWE career by saving Kevin Owens from an elbow drop off the Hell in a Cell structure through an announcer's table by Shane McMahon, then dragging Owens onto Shane for the pinfall. [167] At Battleground, Zayn defeated Owens.[168]. [123], In June 2014, Zayn went on to feud with Tyson Kidd after Kidd abandoned him during their match against NXT Tag Team Champions The Ascension. [42] On December 18 at Final Battle 2010 El Generico and Steen ended their year-long feud in an unsanctioned Fight Without Honor, where Generico put his mask on the line against Steen's ROH career. [52] This was his last appearance with the ROH before signing with WWE. Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro", "WWE Survivor Series results: Powell's live review of Brock Lesnar vs. Rey Mysterio in a No Holds Barred match for the WWE Championship, "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Universal Championship, Becky Lynch vs. Shayna Baszler vs. Bayley in a non-title match", "1/31 WWE Friday Night Smackdown results: Powell's review of Roman Reigns and The Usos vs. King Corbin, Robert Roode, and Dolph Ziggler, Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Braun Strowman for the Intercontinental Championship, four-way for a shot at the Smackdown Tag Titles", "Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro def. - Sami Zayn Sami always had the passion for becoming a professional wrestler although his mother wanted him to be a doctor or an engineer. The trilingual and a Muslim guy assuredly marks his valuable propinquity inside the WWE ring. [214] Sebei is best friends with Kevin Steen. 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While Quebec native has low wages in comparison with other WWE celebrities, he is satisfied with his payments and is a proud WWE star to represent his Arab lineage in the professional WWE industry. He defeated (in order) Delirious, Chris Hero and Davey Richards, only to lose in the final match of the tournament to Claudio Castagnoli. Later on, Zayn and Owens both scored non-title victories over WWE Champion AJ Styles on respective episodes of SmackDown Live, thus earning a title opportunity against Styles in a handicap match at the Royal Rumble. [201], At the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view on March 8, Zayn, along with Nakamura and Cesaro, defeated Braun Strowman in 3-on-1 handicap match to win the Intercontinental Championship, ending his 5-year WWE title drought since he won the NXT Championship. Later that night, they would be put in a 10-man tag team match, teaming with The Miz and the Miztourage (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel) against Braun Strowman, Bobby Lashley, Finn Bálor, Seth Rollins and Bobby Roode in a losing effort. [215] Despite this, it has since been revealed that he is married and has a child with his wife. [210] He is fluent in English, Arabic, and French. ", "Sun update: Furnas funeral, Zuffa embarrassed by Nazi rapist, Smackdown change, Raw ticket sales", "wXw "Fans Appreciation Weekend 2012 – Night 2, "Results from Jacksonville 10/23/10 Event", "ROH stars gets tryout at TNA Impact TV tapings", "Resultados del evento LWA Punto de Quiebre 2011 con la presencia de El Genérico", "Action speaks loudly at Hart Legacy Wrestling", "WWE signs top independent name and more on the way", "Thurs. [20] Generico received his shot at the PWG World Championship on January 29, 2011, during the WrestleReunion 5 weekend, but was defeated by Castagnoli. [73][74] El Generico returned to Dragon Gate USA on July 28, when he and Samuray were defeated in a tag team match by AR Fox and Cima. El Generico first wrestled for Ring of Honor (ROH) in 2005, earning a spot in a Four Corner Survival match at Do Or Die IV. Both of his parents are Syrian; the two relocated from Homs to Canada in the 1970s. His parents moved from the Western part of Syria to Canada during the 1970s. [79] On March 4, 2012, El Generico defeated Tommy End to win wXw's 2012 16 Carat Gold Tournament. Generico travelled to Japan during the summer of 2007, where he worked for the Dragon Gate (DG) promotion as the gaijin (foreign) representative of the New Hazard stable. Despite being a WWE superstar, he was an underpaid wrestler who received an estimated payroll of $7,000 from NXT when he was a rookie. [12] On October 18, 2003 at Blood, Sweat and Beers, Generico lost to Carl Ouellet in a three-way match also involving Kevin Steen. On the November 21 episode of Raw, Mick Foley ordered Zayn to compete in a match with Braun Strowman as punishment for failing to bring the Intercontinental Championship to Raw. On November 21 during the second night of the 2009 Battle of Los Angeles, Generico and Kevin Steen lost a title match against the Bucks. [44] On March 2, 2011, ROH announced that El Generico had signed a new contract with the promotion.[45]. On the January 30 episode of Raw, Zayn defeated United States Champion Chris Jericho in a non-title match, but failed to win the title the following week. [170] On the October 17 episode of Raw, Zayn began a feud with Braun Strowman after preventing him from confronting Raw General Manager Mick Foley. [81] On August 12, 2012, he lost the title to Axel Tischer in a four-way match, which also included Bad Bones and Karsten Beck. [210][211] In July 2017, Sebei set up a fund called Sami for Syria to support the Syrian American Medical Society. [140], In his first title defense, Zayn defeated Neville in a rematch on the January 14, 2015, episode of NXT, but suffered another post-match attack by Owens. Sami bags a colossal amount of $500,000 salary from WWE. The news got confirmed by WWE superstars like Chuck Taylor, and Trent Barreta Sami showed great support and love towards his wife while talking with Highspots Talk show. © Following this, he took part in (and lost) a Four Corner Survival match to Jimmy Rave at Final Battle 2006. (Chuck Taylor, Icarus and Johnny Gargano). He is the only person to have won both of PWG's annual tournaments, the Dynamite Duumvirate Tag Team Title Tournament in 2010 and the Battle of Los Angeles in 2011. On the September 12 Raw, Zayn appeared on Chris Jericho's Highlight Reel segment, where he was attacked by Jericho,[169] leading to a match at Clash of Champions, where Zayn lost to Jericho. 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