Sami Zayn already has a great following amongst the WWE Universe because of his in-ring work ethic, theme song, and happy and passionate attitude that so many people love.
This is a great turnaround for the former NXT Champion, who was out around this time last year with a shoulder injury. He spent seven months on the sidelines, watching other NXT superstars around him - including his arch rival Kevin Owens - make the jump to the main roster before him.
He only returned from that injury last December, before becoming one of the surprise entrants in the Royal Rumble in January, and then making his official main roster debut in March. Since then, he's had a great match at WrestleMania, which was then followed by another great clash with long rival Owens at Payback.
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However, Zayn has said in a recent interview on the Talk Is Jericho podcast with Chris Jericho that, according to Wrestling Inc, the shoulder injury - which he picked up during a match against John Cena in one of his weekly U.S. Open Challenge for his United States Championship in May 2015 - still bothers him today.
He said: "They were really big on me getting surgery and Hunter's like, 'get the surgery' and I'm trying to go every other route but surgery. And then, I was wrestling Kevin [Owens] in my last match. It was for the NXT Championship in NXT and I go to just throw him into the stairs and my shoulder popped out and popped right back in really quickly.
"And, in that moment, I said, 'maybe I need the surgery'. And that was it. I got surgery. It was a torn labrum and torn rotator cuff. Yeah, the worst part is actually now, almost a year later. If I try to hug myself, it's really painful still. But whatever. I think another thing I didn't know about surgeries, is I guess it takes like a year, [or] a year and a half till you fully feel like yourself again. So we're getting there, but what are you going to do?"
Considering the former NXT Champion has openly admitted he still doesn't feel 100% with his shoulder after surgery, and he has already had some brilliant matches so far this year - most notably against Shinsuke Nakamura at NXT TakeOver: Dallas - imagine what he will be able to do once he his back at full health.
Zayn is one of the most promising stars on the WWE roster today, with many critics and WWE Hall of Famers alike - including Jim Ross - believing he has the ability and skill set to be main eventing pay-per-views in the future. They'll be hoping the nagging pain of the injury post-surgery goes away, otherwise, it could affect his main event match chances in years to come.
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