Ready or not? Sami Zayn's quest to beat Cesaro

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February 13, 2014

"Last December, Sami Zayn suffered a PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) sprain in his left knee," NXT Athletic Trainer Brian Duncan said. "Since the injury, Zayn has gone through physical therapy every day and has executed everything we have asked of him in order to be prepared for the 27th."

While Zayn has claimed publically to feel better than ever, is it because he's willing to risk entering the biggest match of his life at less than 100 percent? Or is his left knee ready for the rigors that are sure to come from the epic battle? 

“I spent a lot of time focusing on getting my knee to 100 percent,” Zayn said. “I've done a lot of rehab exercises, but to be honest, most of my preparation has been mental. I won't get into the nitty gritty of my mental preparation because some of it is a bit weird, but I'm in the zone and I will be ready."

While it is widely assumed that Cesaro will come prepared for the rematch, it should be noted that The Real American will be competing just days after his impressive Elimination Chamber debut. Regardless, Zayn insists it is he who has something to prove.

"I want to prove that I am the best NXT has to offer. I want to prove that to Triple H, Shawn Michaels and my boyhood hero, Bret Hart, who will be in attendance that night,” Zayn said. “I want to make John Cena, the guy at the top of our industry, see that Sami Zayn is going to be the guy out of NXT to keep your eye on.

“I want to prove it to the fans who've believed in me all along,” Zayn continued. “I want to prove to the people that never believed that I even belonged here, just how wrong they are. Above all else, I not only want to prove it to Cesaro, I need to prove it to myself."

Watch WWE NXT ArRIVAL tonight at 8 ET/5 PT on WWE Network. Follow Sami Zayn on Twitter @iLikeSamiZayn and get more NXT coverage on the official NXT Facebook page.

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