The segment, which was called ‘The Electric Chair’ featured Corey Graves and Sami Zayn, answered unscripted questions from fans in attendance. The episode aired on Monday, May 27, 2019, two days after AEW’s Double Or Nothing pay-per-view
The WWE Universe proceeded to ask generic questions, which caused Zayn to name-drop All Elite Wrestling. “You could have asked me anything, you could have asked me about AEW” Zayn stated.
Sami Zayn recently spoke with SK Wrestling, providing some insight on the segment, revealing AEW wasn’t specifically in the script, but it wasn’t unplanned.
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.”