On the latest Busted Open, WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry continued to praise the work of Sami Zayn. Zayn returned last month after double rotator cuff surgery that kept him out of action for 10 months. Previously on Busted Open, Henry believed Zayn would be a "major player" for the company in the next six months.
Heny has since doubled down on Zayn, saying he's the best promo in wrestling today as Zayn continues to call out the fans for their lofty expectations and demands of wrestlers.
"I listen to Sami's banter and the people are now sitting and listening like they're in church," Henry said. "They're not a wrestling audience, they're an audience. And they're listening to him, and they're learning from him, and he is the best promo in wrestling today. There's no one close. Sami is giving an opinion that is so polarizing that you have to sit there and listen, even if you disagree.
"People are sitting and they're not clapping, they're not booing and hissing unless he prompts them to. They're sitting there like, 'Wow, he's right.' He's like, 'You point your fingers at me and wrestling, and you expect us to kowtow to every little thing that you do. And when somebody says no, you pout.' Sami is bringing these points that nobody is talking about. Like when he says those things, that's not everybody, you can't generalize a stadium full of 20,000 people, but it hits home to a bunch of them. The things that he's saying is hitting home and people are sitting there—you can tell who he is affecting.
"Because the people who are wrestling fans feel uncomfortable, and I love it. That's the entertaining side of what he's doing and I hope he continues to do that, but more than anything, you cannot put Sami Zayn in the ring with a babyface because I feel he is a babyface. You have got to put a polarizing heel in a situation with Sami Zayn."
Henry even drew a comparison to "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's promos as he sees Zayn is out for himself (not the fans), much like Austin was.
"Sami is doing Steve Austin type promos," Henry continued. "Steve Austin was not going to the ring trying to make the fans feel good. Steve Austin was about Steve Austin, Sami Zayn is about Sami Zayn. He's going to get his point across and you're going to listen. I think it's the most interesting thing on television right now. We have guys with titles, we have Shake-Ups, the women's movement, and the thing that moves me the most is Sami Zayn's promos because they're real.
"Not only are they real, the crowd is starting to understand that Sami is not just your atypical wrestler, he is something more than that. And now it's time to put the machine behind him and let him ride because it is interesting as hell."
You can hear Mark Henry's full comments in the clip below.
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"He is the best promo in wrestling today."@TheMarkHenry on why @SamiZayn can be compared to @steveaustinBSR when it comes to capturing the audience on the microphone.#RAW #SDLive #WWE pic.twitter.com/pjebfbU7oA— SiriusXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) May 3, 2019