Johnny Knoxville on WWE future and retiring Sami Zayn at WrestleMania

Johnny Knoxville is looking to end Sami Zayn’s WWE career at WrestleMania 38.

The Jackass star will battle the former Intercontinental Champion in an Anything Goes Match in Dallas, Texas on April 3, and he has vowed to force his rival into retirement.

Still encouraging fans to bombard Sami with texts and calls, he exclusively told ‘If you want to get a hold of Sami, you can call him at 407-574-1532.

‘If you need him to clean your house or maybe give you a pedicure, he’s going to need a lot of odd jobs after WrestleMania because I’m gonna retire him.’

‘Oh, going great. I’m training a bunch and I can’t wait to bunch Sami Zayn in that stupid face. I go to sleep thinking about it, I dream about it, I wake up in the morning and it’s the first thing I think about. He’s gonna pay at WrestleMania.’

The 51-year-old star made his first in-ring appearance as part of the 2022 Men’s Royal Rumble and he’ll make his singles debut next weekend – and he would love to make this more than a one-off run.

Jackass Forever star Johnny Knoxville stunned WWE superstar Sami Zayn on SmackDown days before the 2022 Royal Rumble

Knoxville claims he’s looking to end Sami’s career at WrestleMania (Picture: WWE)

Jackass Forever star Johnny Knoxville attacks WWE SmackDown superstar Sami Zayn during the 2022 Men's Royal Rumble

The Royal Rumble and WrestleMania could be just the beginning (Picture: WWE)

‘I would love to come back and do something more in the future! It’s been a dream come true working with the WWE,’ he gushed. ‘It’s been so much fun, I didn’t realise I would become so completely obsessed with it like I have, it’s so fun!’

The likes of Logan Paul – who will team up with The Miz against Rey and Dominik Mysterio at WrestleMania – and Bad Bunny have proven the door is never closed, so there’s definitely a chance fans will see Knoxville again in the future.

The actor and stuntman didn’t reveal the identity of his trainer, but he’s been working hard to prepare himself for the match, with some more traditional moves to go alongside what’s sure to be some unorthodox offence.

The pair have been clashing for months (Picture: Valerie Macon/ AFP via Getty Images)

WWE superstar and Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn attacks Jackass Forever star Johnny Knoxville on SmackDown

Sami will be looking for some revenge of his own (Picture: WWE)

‘I have a personal wrestling coach and he’s teaching me all the right moves,’ he teased. ‘The Warp Your Head Off Hold, the Stepover Toe Hold – all these things I’m gonna bring back.’

It sounds like Sami is in for a long night at WrestleMania, and Knoxville isn’t letting up with the public digs at his on-screen rival.

‘I wouldn’t wanna bee Sami April 3rd. Or April 1st, May 1st, I would never wanna be Sami Zayn,’ he said. I don’t think anybody would like to be that. Wake up and have to look in the mirror and see that face every day? Urgh!’

The match being billed as Anything Goes gives Knoxville – who is known for his wild stunts and high pain threshold on Jackass over the past two decades – scope to really give the fans a show in Dallas.

‘Oh, I got a few special things planned. I don’t wanna give it away,’ he coyly added. ‘But they said “anything goes” – that’s my specialty!’

WrestleMania 38 airs April 2 and 3 live on the WWE Network.


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