Sami Zayn is having the time of his life as the “Honorary Uce” in WWE’s Bloodline group and now he’s sharing how it felt when he was given the coveted shirt.
For the past several months, Sami Zayn has been trying to fit in and prove himself with The Bloodline group. It’s the group that has dominated WWE for over two years now, especially Smackdown, with the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns leading the way along with the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions, The Usos. They are joined by the “Special Counsel” Paul Heyman as well.
At WWE Clash at the Castle on September 3rd, The Usos’ younger brother Solo Sikoa made his main roster debut (after spending his first year in WWE in NXT) by stopping a Drew McIntyre pin attempt when Reigns needed it most. Soon after that, Solo was part of The Bloodline as well.
As for Zayn, his big moment came on the September 23rd edition of Smackdown. With the entire Bloodline group in the ring, Reigns asked what Sami was doing wearing a Bloodline shirt. Zayn was told to take it off, so Jey Uso (who doesn’t seem to like Zayn much) decided to rip off Sami’s shirt. It looked like Zayn might get beaten up by the group, but instead, Reigns said Zayn was going to get a new shirt. It says “SZ Honorary Uce” on it. After that, Zayn said to Reigns: “I acknowledge you, Tribal Chief.” They shared a hug and that cemented Zayn’s place in the group.
Sami Zayn was a guest on WWE’s The Bump on October 19th and he spoke about what it felt like to be given that Honorary Uce shirt that showed that he was accepted in The Bloodline group.
“It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, I’m not going to lie. Jey’s not too happy about it. (laughs) It was a little bit of validation. I felt accepted in The Bloodline and there are hiccups here and there especially, but whatever. It was more about silencing the critics who every week would talk about this was the week that they (The Bloodline) were going to destroy me and I didn’t belong with them. Every week they were talking about how I didn’t belong, how I was sucking up to Roman and it was the first time they saw that that’s not what this is.
“There’s a mutual respect here, a reciprocatiy and it was very nice to get the fans to understand that once and for all. And of course you know, it was nice to get this piece of merchandise that is ready available. It’s done pretty well from what I hear on (WWE) Shop.”
Since that “Honorary Uce” t-shirt moment, Reigns has ordered Zayn and Jey to try to work together for the betterment of the group.
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