WWE star Sami Zayn on making a difference in war torn Syria ahead of Smackdown in Nottingham


WWE is coming to Nottingham, bringing with it the opportunity for adult fans to switch off from real life for the night and children the chance to cheer on their larger than life heroes.

One of the stars who will be in action at the Motorpoint Arena on Thursday, November 9 is Sami Zayn, a man who retains a personal interest in helping people who have no opportunity to switch off and escape.

He’s working to make a difference to a cause close to his heart – the war in Syria.

Sami Zayn is working to help people in Syria. He is coming to Nottingham with WWE next month

The 33-year-old Canadian is of Syrian descent. His wider family has been severely impacted by the conflict which has raged since 2011.

Now he is using his profile to make a difference with the Sami for Syria campaign, which has so far raised $96,000 to fund a mobile clinic in the war ravaged country.

“I have a lot of family still over there. I have a lot of family that’s been displaced,” he told the Post.

“I have family that are refugees in Canada. It’s very personal to me.

“Being with WWE has given me this amazing platform to do something meaningful.

“The fans and even my fellow WWE superstars have raised the money with me. The clinic is helping people right now. People see where their money is going.

“That’s way more meaningful that anything I can do in five or six minutes on television. This is making a very real difference.

Sami Zayn will be performing in Nottingham with WWE
Sami Zayn will be performing in Nottingham with WWE

“I’m very proud but I put weight on my shoulders. There’s so much more I want to do.

“People desperately need our help. They didn’t ask for this conflict. Children have been born into a war which is all they’ve ever known.”

In the ring, Zayn is coming back to Nottingham for the first time since December 2015, when he was with the NXT brand after recovering from shoulder surgery.

He says that was a special time in his career as it came shortly before his call up to the main roster, which includes the more high profile shows, Raw and Smackdown.

Zayn the show, which is set to feature Smackdown stars including Kevin Owens, AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura, is certain to be fun, even for non WWE fans.

Sami Zayn is coming to Nottingham with WWE
Sami Zayn is coming to Nottingham with WWE

“I really enjoyed that NXT tour. I’d just come back from shoulder surgery. I think that was my second or third match back actually,” he said.

“It was a very cool time in my career. It was the end of my NXT run.

“The UK is no longer the best kept secret in wrestling. Fans there are amongst the best in the world.

“We circle the dates in the calendar when we come there. It’s distinct because it’s very difficult travel wise.

“It takes a toll on your body wrestling every night for three weeks. When you’re in the midst of it it’s really special because you’re fuelled by amazing crowds.

“The crowds make it fun and interesting. If people go to a show, especially in the UK, it’s great.

“You’ll have a good time even if you don’t know WWE. The atmosphere is so electric it’s pretty much impossible not to enjoy yourself.”

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Zayn is set to be one of the stars of the show in Nottingham. Until recently he was mired in the mid-card, but a recent heel turn (becoming a bad guy) has pushed him to prominence, something he craved when he spoke to the Post shortly before his switch.

“I would say I’m very far from complacent. It’s not like I’ve finally made the main roster. I’m nowhere near where I want to be as far as how I’m featured on the show,” he said.

“I don’t think I’ve shown what I can do or who I am since coming up, especially since I came to Smackdown.

“There’s much more room for growth. It puts a bit of a chip on your shoulder. It drives you.”

To donate to Zayn’s charity work go to SamiforSyria.com.

Sami Zayn will return to Nottingham on 9 November for the WWE Live European Tour, presented by WWE 2K18. Tickets are priced from £28 available now at Ticketmaster.



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