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Why WWE holiday house show in Montreal was more special to Sami Zayn than Elimination Chamber

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Even though the outcome wasn’t what he or his many fans hoped for, Sami Zayn had a pretty magical weekend in his hometown of Montreal back in February. His match against Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal title at Elimination Chamber was the payoff of a great angle — and a celebration of a his entire career up until that point.

Given that, you wouldn’t think he’d call the WWE Holiday Tour stop in Quebec more special than those shows in the Bell Centre. Sure, he seemed to come back from some time off to ensure he was there last night (Dec. 28) at Laval’s Place Bell. But better than main eventing with thousands of his fellow French-Canadians cheering him on?

It makes sense when you hear Zayn’s promo from after he & Kevin Owens — who made a surprise appearance to save fellow Quebecer Zayn from a Judgment Day assault and turn Sami’s one-on-one with Finn Bálor into a tag — over Bálor & Dominik Mysterio:

“You know I’ve been coming to Montreal as part of WWE for over ten years now. And every single time I’ve come, man, that was special. I think, ‘There is no way that next time will be quite as special.’ and guess what, every time is even more special. And I said this over and over and over for ten years and after Elimination Chamber in Montreal, with all of you in my corner, there is no way to get more special than that. Again, I was wrong. Somehow, tonight is even more special again.

“Kevin might have mentioned, he’s got his wonderful family who has supported him all these years sitting right here. You see them every time we’re in Montreal, you see my family in the front row right here. But tonight is even more special because you may know this about me by now, but I’m a little bit of a private person, I keep things to myself. Some of you might not know this but I have a little boy. And he’s this cutie patootie right here in the red shirt. When I’m at home I’m not a WWE Superstar, I’m not Sami Zayn, I’m just Baba. And this young man has never seen me wrestle, he knows nothing about what I do. Tonight is the first time ever he sees me in this ring.”

Very cool.

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