Tonight at WWE Backlash, Sami Zayn wore new tights that drew a lot of attention. So what is that new phrase that’s printed on Sami Zayn’s tights, and what’s the meaning behind it?
Sami Zayn’s new tights read, “To resist despair in this world is what it means to be free.” This is a lyric to the song “Sound System” by Operation Ivy. Sami Zayn in the past has talked about his love for this band.
“Neville and I are big fans of ska,” he said in an interview. “He’s actually more into original, Jamaican, skinhead, two-tone ska from England, but I’m more into punk ska – Operation Ivy and stuff Rancid would do.”
Some on social media wondered if the new phrase printed on Sami Zayn’s tights is an intentional Donald Trump reference, as the phrase “resist” in recent months has come to be associated with the anti-Trump movement on the left.
It’s possible that Zayn chose this phrase for that reason, as he certainly is no fan of the Trump administration. While a lot of WWE superstars tend to stay quiet on political issues, that’s not true of Sami Zayn, who frequently uses his Twitter account to speak out against President Trump. He has been especially outspoken about Trump’s travel ban, as he himself is of Syrian descent.
“I don’t want to be angry,” Zayn said in an interview. “I don’t want to cause a divide. I don’t want to tell fans what to think or what to believe or whatever but, at the same time, some things just hit you very personally. Sometimes you have to say what’s on your mind if it’s something that’s really important to you.”
It appears that this new tight design came from Mikaze, who designs many of the costumes for WWE superstars and who posted a photo of the new tights on his Twitter account on Tuesday night.