WWE tried out an electric chair interview segment during RAW, but it didn’t work out too well. That first segment saw Sami Zayn take questions from the crowd, but they didn’t ask him anything hard-hitting. That is when he exclaimed that they could ask him about AEW.
Rick Ucchino recently spoke to Sami Zayn where the one and only electric chair segment on RAW came up in the conversation. He said that the line wasn’t “off the cuff,” but it was to a certain degree. The reaction wasn’t very good, especially considering how the electric chair was promptly destroyed.
“So it wasn’t entirely, entirely off the cuff but it was off the cuff to a certain degree, and the reaction was, uh, let’s say unfavorable (laughs) since the electric chair met its demise that very same week.”
“So it was right on everybody’s mind. It was super, super fresh and I think they had just announced this TV deal. They had just announced that this wasn’t just going to be a pay-per-view. This is going to be a competitor and all this sort of stuff. And they tell me that we’re doing this segment where it’s legitimately, you know, unplanned questions and anybody could ask anything. So at the time, this was the number one topic in the wrestling world. So you kind of expected to be asked about it.”
“What they were going for was that it had a very risky, unpredictable feel to it… As I was out there, I was like, this doesn’t have these vibes, these questions are too sterile. So I felt like it was upon me, it was incumbent upon me, to sort of make it controversial. And the fact that we’re talking about it now, all this time later, you know I hate to say I was right, but I kind of think I was right to do it.”
WWE likely won’t do another electric chair segment. They certainly aren’t likely to mention AEW again on their television show. Sami Zayn really stepped up and created some controversy with that line, but he’s used to making a stir when he opens his mouth.