Sami Zayn

Canadian professional wrestler

Rami Sebei (born July 12, 1984) is a Canadian professional wrestler. He is currently working for WWE where he competes under the ring name, Sami Zayn. He wrestles on the SmackDown brand, formally in NXT and is a one-time NXT Champion.

Sami Zayn
Zayn at WrestleMania 32 Axxess in March 2016
Born (1984-07-12) July 12, 1984 (age 39)
Laval, Quebec, Canada
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)El Generico
El Local
Rami Sebei
Sami Zayn
Billed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Billed weight193 lb (88 kg)
Billed fromTijuana, Mexico
Trained byPatrick "Patty the Kid" Smart
Jerry Tuite
Savio Vega
Rami Sebei as El Generico at Chikara's The Foggiest Notion in 2012

He is also known under the ring name El Generico which he used while wrestling on the independent circuit. His gimmick was that of a luchador from Mexico. His theme song was "Olé!" by The Bouncing Souls and Olé! was also his catch phrase.

He has also wrestled for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla from 2004 to 2013, Chikara from 2005 to 2012, Ring of Honor from 2005 to 2012, Dragon Gate, Dramatic Dream Team, and Dragon Gate USA and Evolve in 2012.

On December 11, at the NXT Takeover: [R]Evolution event, Zayn defeated Adrian Neville and won the NXT Championship.[1]

Personal life change

Sebei is a Muslim and completed a pilgrimage to Mecca called Umrah during WWE'S trip to Saudi Arabia in 2019.[2]

Championships change

  • Association de Lutte Féminine
    • Sherri Memorial Cup Tournament (2007) (with LuFisto)
  • Britannia Wrestling Promotions
    • PWI:BWP World Catchweight Championship (1 time)
  • Chikara
    • Rey de Voladores (2011)[3]
  • Dramatic Dream Team
    • KO-D Openweight Championship (1 time)[4]
    • Best Foreigner Award (2012)[5]
  • Elite Wrestling Revolution
    • Elite 8 Tournament (2004)
  • GBG Wrestling
    • GBG Heavyweight Championship (one time)[6]
  • International Wrestling Syndicate
    • IWS Heavyweight Championship (two times)
    • IWS Tag Team Championship (one time) (with Twiggy)
  • North Shore Pro Wrestling
    • NSPW Championship (one time)
  • Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
    • PWG World Championship (two times)
    • PWG World Tag Team Championship (five times) (with Human Tornado (one), Quicksilver (oen), Kevin Steen (two) and Paul London (one))
    • Battle of Los Angeles (2011)[7]
    • Dynamite Duumvirate Tag Team Title Tournament (2010) (with Paul London)[8]
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • He was ranked #46 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2011.[9]
  • Pro Wrestling Prestige
    • PWP Heavyweight Championship (one time)[10]
  • Puerto Rico Wrestling Association
    • PRWA Caribbean Championship (one time)[11]
  • Ring of Honor
    • ROH World Tag Team Championship (one time) (with Kevin Steen)[12]
    • ROH World Television Championship (one time)[13]
  • SoCal Uncensored
    • Match of the Year (2006) (vs. PAC, November 18, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla)[14]
    • Match of the Year (2007) (vs. Bryan Danielson, July 29, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla)
    • Most Outstanding Wrestler (2006, 2007)[14]
    • Tag Team of the Year (2006) (with Quicksilver)[14]
    • Wrestler of the Year (2007)
  • STHLM Wrestling
    • STHLM Wrestling Championship (one time)
  • Union Pro
    • DDT Extreme Division Championship (one time)
  • Westside Xtreme Wrestling
    • wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship (one time)
    • 16 Carat Gold Tournament (2012)[15]
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Feud of the Year (2010) (vs. Kevin Steen)[16]
  • WWE

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Caldwell's WWE NXT Takeover Results 12/11: Complete virtual-time coverage of Neville vs. Zayn for the NXT Title, Itami & Balor, Charlotte, Kevin Steen/Owens's debut, Corey Graves retires". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2014-12-11.
  2. "Sami Zayn takes a pilgrimage to Mecca: WWE Night of Champions Vlog". WWE. Retrieved August 31, 2023.
  3. "Past Results". Chikara. Archived from the original on 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2013-12-13.
  4. "Who's gonna Top? 2012 ~DDT48総選挙最終投票日~". Dramatic Dream Team (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-12-13.
  5. "<ヨシヒコ編集ジチョー主義>2012年DDTを各賞で振り返る". Dramatic Dream Team (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-12-13.
  6. "Premiär för STHLM Wrestling!". GBG Wrestling (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 2015-02-13. Retrieved 2013-12-13.
  7. "8/20 PWG results in Reseda, Calif.: BOLA tournament winner, Young Bucks not shaking hands turned into angle, Tag Title match, Finlay debuts". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2013-12-13.
  8. "5/9 PWG in SoCal: DDT4 tag tournament - GenMe (Young Bucks) vs. Paul London & El Generico finals". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2013-12-13.
  9. ""PWI 500": 1-100". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Retrieved 2013-12-13.
  10. "El Generico the new Pro Wrestling Prestige Heavyweight Champion is challenged by Brandon Espinosa right after winning the championship". Pro Wrestling Prestige. Retrieved 2013-12-13.
  11. "El Genérico Nuevo Campeón del Caribe de la PRWA". SuperLuchas Magazine (in Spanish). Retrieved 2013-12-13.
  12. "World Tag Team Championship". Ring of Honor. Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2013-12-13.
  13. "Radican's "Best in The World" Internet PPV Report 6/26: Ongoing "real-time" coverage of live PPV from New York City". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2013-12-13.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 "SoCal UNCENSORED Awards 2006". SoCal Uncensored. Archived from the original on 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2013-12-13.
  15. "Sun Update: Furnas funeral, Zuffa embarrassed by Nazi rapist, Smackdown change, Raw ticket sales". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2013-12-13.
  16. Meltzer, Dave (January 26, 2011). "Biggest issue of the year: The 2011 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards Issue". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Campbell, CA: 1–40. ISSN 1083-9593.
  17. "Complete WWE Slammy Awards Pre-Show Coverage". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 2013-12-13.

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