Thanks to everyone who came out to the sold out "Sam Jam Comedy Hour" last night in Toronto! All profits will go to SamiForSyria.com, extra thanks to those who chipped in to our carefully crafted donation box. I had a blast meeting you all & performing alongside such talented performers!
July 12, 2019. Age 35. Go to www.SamiForSyria.com to help make my birthday wish come true :)
"Who are you?" Is there a true self or are we a product of information we take in and behavioral patterns reinforced over years? Do we control our actions? Is morality inherent or learned? Identity, individualism, and culture...I discussed all this & more with my good friend Jimmy Jacobs. You can hear it on iTunes, Spotify, etc. or click the link in @JimmyJacobsX bio.
LET'S START A MOBILE CLINIC IN SYRIA! The #SamiForSyria campaign has been launched. Please share widely and donate whatever you can, because together we can and will save lives. Donate at: www.SamiForSyria.com (link in bio) Thank you all so much for your support!
Intensified attacks in NW Syria are targeting civilians & medical facilities. I will once again be partnering with @sams_usa to launch a mobile clinic in Syria to bring medical aid to those in desperate need. Our fundraiser will be launched Friday, June 7, 2pm EDT.
Truth in stereo.
Millions of people on live TV got treated to a small dose of my Instagram on Monday night. Thought that was pretty cool and a lot of fun! I really was not lying when I said I had the time of my life during my 9 month recovery from shoulder surgery. #vegansausageroll
Alright Montreal, come and get 'em. #RawMontreal #SmackdownMontreal
One of my all-time favorite artists, the brilliant Laura Jane Grace! Her poetry and passion has influenced me so much over the years. Her music is a constant source of inspiration to me, both as a performer and as a person. Along with my long time buddy Beef Wellington, I was fortunate enough to see Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers play last night in Montreal. You absolutely should see them live if you get a chance. I've never had a drink in my life, but I feel hung over. What a blast!
More friends being friends!
Friends will be friends.
New York City.
Last week I was in Edinburgh Scotland for the first time and it is a really stunning city. It was impressive to see a major city in the U.K. that preserved its historical structures so well and wasn't overflowing with brand new glass condo buildings. So glad I had a few days to enjoy it! Here are a few pics from my time there - no edits, no filters.
Despite having been to London many, many times, it's been a long while since I've had time to actually enjoy it. London rules when you have more than 2 or 3 hours to look around. In addition to my usual perusing around town looking for delicious vegan food and coffee (the vegan fish n' chips ruled!) I actually got to do some touristic stuff like taking a ride on the London Eye. The whole experience filled me with a certain sense of nostalgia. The first time I ever wrestled overseas was in England, and walking the streets of London completely took me back to that early stage of my career, when I somehow convinced Super Dragon that we should go to London 3 days early to sightsee, just in case I never got to come back. That was 14 years ago. Life is great.
When we touch, when we kiss.
Best of luck to the gang at @sandwicheriekaek, a great sandwich spot that just opened up in Downtown Montreal. Ka'ek can almost be described as a Lebanese bagel (though some would argue that Syrians are actually the best at making it haha). It was delicious and blew my mind. Give them a try if you're ever in the neighborhood.
I like it. #Montreal
Winter in Montreal is brutal, but in some ways truly beautiful. The scene pictured here - drivers digging their cars out of mountains of snow, parents bundling up their children and dragging them around in sleds, commuters waiting for the bus in -25C weather - these images not only stir up nostalgic feelings from my youth but also speak volumes about what makes this city great. Despite the fact that Montreal is a wonderfully diverse city, we are all one when it is us vs. the elements. Everyone must put on their armor and brave whatever nature has thrown at us. Everyone feels the struggle, no matter their economic, political, or ethnic background. Everyone is affected by the storm, and together we all soldier on. That oneness, that unity, is what shapes the culture and identity of this beautiful city that I love so much. Having said that, I should mention that I still leave Montreal every winter, and not one Montrealer blames me for it.
Good times gone, and you miss them...
Bobby & Me.
Thanks to @trifectasystem for sending me yummy and nutritious food during my recovery from shoulder surgeries and helping me to get back into ring shape. I'll be back soon(ish).
Mexico Part I - I spent the Holidays in Mexico this year, traveling in the Yucatán peninsula and absolutely loving every minute of it. I have always loved Mexico and this was my favorite trip yet. I have a lot of fun pictures so I thought I would share some. Here's the first bunch, unedited and unfiltered. These pictures focus on the food, the mood, and the people that you come across traveling through this beautiful country.
"A man got to have a code." - Omar
I recently sat down with @chrisjerichofozzy to discuss where my mind has been the last 6 months! This podcast is a very honest conversation about how I view myself, the world, pro wrestling, and much more. I'm glad I got to do it because I got to express myself at length (much more than I can express in 280 characters on Twitter) about a variety of broad subjects and concepts that mainly center around self-improvement. This is a pretty insightful look at what's in my mind and in my heart these days..... "The Mental State of Sami Zayn (feat. @itsjamesmcgee)" can be heard on the @talkisjericho podcast NOW! Enjoy!
During this time off, I've been working on becoming a better person, and letting go of a lot of toxic elements that come with egotism & ambition. But I just watched that teaser for my return on #Raw and remembered how great I am at pro wrestling. I actually forgot how great I am haha!
Montreal squirrels don't give a damn about your screens, your windows, or your man-made breaking and entering laws.
Picture of health, brah! #bilateralshouldersurgery #ice #swoll
Here are a few pics from two short day trips I had following my week in Switzerland in two amazing cities: Copenhagen, Denmark and Bergen, Norway. I had already been to Copenhagen a few times. Bergen though, was a bit more of a mystery, as I had never been to Norway. Norway completely blew my mind! I will soon post an album or two dedicated to the week I spent there, but needless to say I am in love with Scandinavia.
Oslo speaks to me.
Here are a few pictures from my last few days in Switzerland - Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald, and of course @wwecesaro hometown of Lucerne. I had an unbelievable week in a country that I have visited a few times, but never had time to fully explore. It was well worth the wait and truly unforgettable. No filter or editing on any of these pictures. Enjoy!
The story of my hike. #oeschinensee #switzerland #mosesstylewalkingstaff
Switzerland has been absolutely amazing! I have been here a few times to wrestle over the years, but never had time to really explore. Well, bilateral shoulder surgery changed all that! I have been rehabbing overseas and it's been great for my soul. Here are some pictures from my first full day in Switzerland. Bern, Blausee, and Thun. Enjoy!
I woke up this morning in Switzerland, groggily opened the window, and found this view waiting for me. I was totally floored. I edited the image only slightly to compensate for my smartphone's limitations and match it up with what my eyes were seeing, but even then a photo does not do it justice. Looking out at this view I could not help but feel overwhelmed with gratitude. I keep asking myself "how is this real?". I have felt since I first started traveling as a wrestler that this was all too good to be true and that at any moment, somebody was going to pop out laughing and say "alright alright, the jig is up, here's your real life", and hand me a punch card. But no, somehow I have been afforded the opportunity to travel, do what I love, and remain healthy and happy for 15 years. Not only have the good times not slowed down, but somehow it all keeps getting better! Still, I know that guy with the punch card is around the corner somewhere. I know this can all get taken away at any moment, so I make sure to remember how lucky I am, to just enjoy the moment, and to never take any of it for granted.
Paris, Part II. After getting to meet some wonderful French fans at my signing sessions, I had time to explore the city before heading off to Switzerland. Spare time is a precious thing when you are with WWE, so I am set on making the most of this time off, while rehabbing my two surgically repaired shoulders. Hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them.
Paris, Part I. There is a mildly interesting story about Paris Manga. I was booked to perform there in 2006. I was coming in from Austria and headed to the airport on no sleep, only to find that I had lost my passport. It was pretty cool to finally go 12 years later as a part of WWE and share a shuttle ride over from the hotel with a friendly and wildly hungover Billy Jayne. Anyhoo, as is my custom, I made sure to mix work and play, leaving lots of time to sightsee, drink coffee, eat food, and take advantage of the opportunity to roam around one of my favorite cities on earth.
A great visit from some great friends last night! #gingersandwich
There is nothing like autumn is Montreal (or in this case the Laurentians). Like life itself, this moment is fleeting. This view will only look like this for a short time before the trees go bare and the snow begins to fall. But it is so beautiful in that moment, that it makes you feel happy just to have been a part of it at all. Reconnection with nature gives me perspective, which in turn fills my heart with gratitude. Love is everywhere. #hypo
I enjoy botanical gardens so very much.
My summer experiences in Montreal! Good food, good people, and good times. Here and some of the highlights and things to note as you scroll through the album. 1) Art, history, and the fact that it's no longer -20C, all contribute to making Montreal a very special place in the summer. 2) Mouton Vert is quite possibly my favorite spot to eat at in Montreal. Authentic home cooked Greek food which also happens to be vegan/vegetarian. 3) One of the highlights for me was my good friend James McGee and I performing improv at OFF-JFL. It was a blast. 4) Montreal '77, a new annual punk festival in the city, is where I was finally able to check off Me First & The Gimme Gimmes from my bucket list. 5) Barberito is my guy, partly because he gives a great haircut, and partly because his shop is like a Dominican social club. 6) It should be noted that the guy on the mural downtown is Leonard Cohen and not Anthony Bourdain, though admittedly the resemblance is uncanny. 7) I wore a tuxedo for the first time in my life for my friend David's wedding.
Got into it today with a radioactive octopus, hope I didn't catch anything.
Montreal. Solidarity. #FreePalestine
Omar don't scare.
This squirrel really knows how to decorate.