Johnny Knoxville stunned Sami Zayn on SmackDown (Picture: WWE)
Johnny Knoxville brought a taste of Jackass to WWE SmackDown this week as he attacked Sami Zayn with a cattle prod.
The legendary stunt performer – who will be part of the 2022 Men’s Royal Rumble match on January 29 – has been feuding with the former Intercontinental Champion in recent weeks, and things got dialed up on Friday night.
Sami came out for the second edition of InZayn, his way of trying to match up to the Jackass Forever star, as he used a cattle proud on himself in the middle of the ring.
There were some terrible effects, and Knoxville saved the day as he came down to reveal the weapon wasn’t actually turned on.
Moments later, he stunned Zayn and then threw him over the top rope, maybe offering a hint at his Royal Rumble tactics next weekend.
Johnny has insisted he’s working hard to prepare for the iconic 30-man bout as he recently alluded to a pretty epic goal – besides winning the whole thing.
Appearing on WWE’s The Bump, he said: ‘I know what to expect – they should expect pain. I’ve been taking large truck tyres in my backyard and flipping them over the wall – about the weight of a Brock Lesnar.
‘My neighbours are really upset, but I’m stronger than ever. I do it, like, six to eight hours a day. I want the WWE to clear out the first three rows of fans because I’m gonna be chucking guys into at least the second.’
He claimed he’s not just looking to make up numbers – he’s got his eyes set on the ultimate prize and a moment of WrestleMania glory.
The winner of the Royal Rumble match gets a main event, world championship bout at the huge show in April – and Johnny wants to go all the way.
‘Not just an entrant – the winner of the 2022 Royal Rumble! World Champ! No, no, no – I’m confident,’ he said.
‘I have never been more confident of anything in my life that I will be in WrestleMania – that I am gonna be the last one in the ring in the Royal Rumble.’
WWE Royal Rumble airs Saturday, January 29 at 1am on the WWE Network.
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