Samoa Joe could stay out of action for months and he will still be over when he returns. The Samoan Submission Machine is the ultimate culmination of a great promo, technical wrestling and raw brawling ability.
The first ever 2-Time NXT Champion recently sat down for an interview with Yahoo Sports.
Joe was asked if he felt validated about receiving a main event spot right after he got back from his injury. Joe said that his spot is a testament to his ability to bring interest to a match and make it feel bigger.
To say that it would be validation would imply that I was seeking it and I wasn’t. I’ve always been aware of what I’ve been able to do and my ability to bring interest to a match and make people want to tune in and see. To find myself in this position now isn’t a surprise or anything that I felt was unexpected or unappreciated. It’s something that I knew I was always able to do. To go out there and be one of the main guys and be ambitious, it’s all part of the game now and now is the time for me to do it. I have the platform and I’m going to use it to the best of my ability.
Joe is probably one of the most over guys on the main roster right now. The former TNA World Champion revealed how he feels about getting cheered despite being a monster heel.
I don’t think it’s anything I didn’t expect. I’m not out there lying to anybody. I’m out there telling the truth. You may not like the way I deliver the truth, you may take umbrage with the way I handle most of my conflicts, but that’s the way I do business. If we’re in a fight, we’re in a fight all of the time. It doesn’t stop just because the cameras are off. I’m going to come at you however I can. Roman knows how I play this game and its nothing he or the fans shouldn’t expect. It shocks me that people are still shocked that I behave this way.
This past week on SmackDown LIVE, Joe declared that he will be going for the WWE Championship after he is done with his feud against Roman Reigns. Aside from that, Joe revealed his SmackDown LIVE Bucket List and which opponents he would like to square off against in the ring:
You look up and down that roster and it’s a laundry list of a lot big-time matchups and a lot of first-time matchups. It starts with A.J. Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura. Then it’s Randy Orton, it’s Rusev. I’ll fight both of The Bludgeon Brothers at the same time. You look at that locker room and you’d be hard pressed to find a match you wouldn’t want to see me in.