Johnny Knoxville says torturing Sami Zayn is the gift that keeps on giving.
Johnny Knoxville was a guest on Wednesday’s episode of WWE’s The Bump and looked back on his highly-publicized match with Sami Zayn at WrestleMania 38. The match saw plenty of slapstick and spectacle, and Knoxville says he’s really happy that he made Zayn miserable by beating him.
“That makes me so happy. It makes me so happy that I can help be responsible for the worst day of his life. Nothing makes me happier than that,” Knoxville said. “God, just to have the guys there — Wee Man, [Chris] Pontius, [Jeff] Tremaine, Dark Shark and Jasper, it just made it very special.”
During the build to WrestleMania 38, Knoxville announced Zayn’s phone number publicly, which resulted in thousands of texts and calls (and frustration for Zayn). Asked if he thinks it went too far, Knoxville said he accomplished his goal and feels like he can still mess with Zayn a bit more.
“Yeah, well luckily, it doesn’t take a lot to get in that head of his, but I think this one worked out really well. I don’t think I went too far, I think there’s still a long distance I can travel down that road,” Knoxville said, “so I was just beginning to have my fun with Sami. It’s the gift that keep on giving. Some people, like Ehren McGhehey, are just so fun to prank. Sami Zayn definitely falls in that Ehren McGhehey category of someone who is fun to prank.”
Did Sami earn his respect? Knoxville still says he doesn’t want to compliment Zayn, but did say he could take a beating.
“I don’t want to say anything nice about Sami Zayn, so I won’t. I still have — yeah, I don’t feel respect for the man, I just feel anger towards him and I think that’s OK. Some people just hit you that way,” Knoxville stated. “I tried to think of something good to say about Sami — he did take a lot of pain in that match … that he lost.”
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