Samoa Joe was recently interviewed on Nola.
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Here are the highlights from the interview:
NXT Champion Samoa Joe on working with the No. 1 contender Shinsuke Nakamura on Aug. 20 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, at NXT TakeOver:
“They can expect to see us going at it. At the same time, I’m still deciding to myself if this guy really belongs in the ring with me yet. There will be fireworks. Of what kind, well, you have to come to the show and check it out.”
“My inclusion in NXT from the start was to spearhead it as a stable brand in the WWE Universe,” Joe said. “Me being a designated locker room leader, I take the responsibility very, very seriously. I hope to continue extending the brand even beyond its current bounds. Some of these guys, it’s their first opportunity to see the rest of the country. The enthusiasm when you have such a younger roster is tenfold. And to be around them when it’s their first time is kind of invigorating, and the energy is infectious. It even manages to seep into me a little bit.”
Samoa Joe on finally joining WWE:
“It was something I had resigned myself that if I don’t make it there, it wasn’t meant to be. I never took that as a slight or an insult, I just (knew) there’s a lot more companies in the world that would appreciate my services, and I went full speed ahead and worked. To be here now, it’s a surprise to me as much as anybody. Now that I’m here, I kind of regret my thinking back then because (WWE) is a lot more than I thought it would be. And it’s been a real blast being here.”
“I have so much history with so much of the roster up there. A.J. Styles, John Cena, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn. … Brock Lesnar, a guy I don’t have any history with but I’d love to get in the ring with. … Randy Orton, another guy who we’ve kind of run parallel but have never crossed paths. I would definitely love to get in the ring with him and mix it up. The options and potential is limitless. To me and to a lot of fans these options are really incredible matches in the making. … Rusev, there’s another guy who I’d love to go after.”
“I’ve known Shin since he first started in wrestling, and his accolades speak for themselves. He’s reignited any company he’s ever been with, and coming into NXT, he’s definitely added a lot of flame to our fire. But he says he’s the King of Strong Style. When you look at the history of wrestling and you see who brought the techniques and the style that was so prolific in Japan here to the United States, it was me. … For him to say he’s the King, by default, that makes me the Emperor.”
It’s good to see Samoa Joe in NXT and I have no doubt that when they feel the time is right he will make a big impact on the main roster.
During his last couple of years in TNA I though that that company really didn’t use him the way they should. I hope WWE don’t also make that mistake.
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