Sami Zayn Recalls How He Earned Vince McMahon's Trust In WWE
"I came back and Vince is like, ‘You have the gift of gab'."
Sami Zayn has revealed how his actions as a special guest referee in a match between Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins led to him earning Vince McMahon's trust on the microphone.
Zayn served as the official between Rollins and Owens on a June 2019 episode of Raw, in which he disqualified Rollins before getting into a confrontation with the then Universal Champion.
Zayn believes that segment led to his eventual use as a mouth-piece for Shinsuke Nakamura as it allowed McMahon to fully see what he is capable of.
Speaking on Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette, Zayn said: "You never know which segment is going to open their eyes. I think I was already doing pretty good work in the ring and had established myself as more than competent in the ring and holding my own on the microphone as a good guy, and especially, doing really good work as a bad guy.
"But then there was one day where I was a guest referee for Kevin [Owens] vs. Seth [Rollins]. I was just doing me. When I got back, they were all doubled over. That’s what I think that inspired the idea for me to be a mouthpiece for Shinsuke [Nakamura]. I came back and Vince is like, ‘You have the gift of gab'.
"I wasn’t even cutting a promo, I was just being a ref, but they just started seeing me in a new light of, ‘This guy, he can be so much. He can do so much for other people.’ I think they saw a broader vision for me in that moment. Someone who can be a manager even 10-15 years down the road. They just started seeing me in that different light. There was a new trust."
H/T 411 Wrestling