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NXT Showcase: Samoa Joe




Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a promo segment that involves a Samoan wrestler.

Wrestler: “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe.

Background Information: Samoa Joe is billed from The Isle of Samoa. His family founded a Polynesian dance troupe in the United States called Tiare Productions. He made his on stage debut at the 1984 Summer Olympics opening at the age of five.

He became a California State Junior Judo Champion and was an all league football player while attending Ocean View High School. Before becoming a wrestler, he worked as a mortgage broker.

He was the first graduate of the UIWA West Coast Dojo, training under Cincinnati Red, along with Johnny Hemp and, occasionally, John Delayo.

He debuted in December 1999 in a match against “Uncle” Jess Hansen just three months after beginning training.

He quickly signed with former World Wrestling Federation developmental affiliate Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW), where he feuded with his friend John Cena and made an appearance on WWF Jakked against Essa Rios. He tagged with Mike Knox at UPW Proving Ground on December 12, 2000, in the Galaxy Theatre of Santa Ana, California, and defeated the debuting Al Katrazz with Basil.

Throughout his UPW career, he became an UPW Heavyweight Champion and a 2x UPW No Hold Barred Champion. He competed with UPW until 2001.

In June 2001, he made his way to Japan, wrestling for Shinya Hashimoto’s ZERO ONE promotion, fighting in its Shingeki series of pay-per-views, as well as the annual Burning Heart tournaments.

During this time, he also began wrestling for southern California promotion Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), where he had an on-screen rivalry with Super Dragon.

In his debut match at the Yokohoma Red Brickhouse, he teamed with Yoshihiro Takayama to take on the team of Mitsuharu Misawa and Takeshi Morishima. He captured the win for his team after pinning Misawa with an Island Driver, one of his finishing maneuvers.

Throughout his Pro Wrestling ZERO-ONE career, he became a NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Champion. He competed with Pro Wrestling ZERO-ONE until 2002.

Back in the United States, he joined the ranks of the East Coast-based Ring of Honor (ROH) promotion in 2002. He made his debut at “Glory by Honor” as Christopher Daniels’ “hired assassin”, brought in to take out Daniels’ chief enemy, Low Ki.

Originally booked for just the one match against Low Ki (due to the cost of flying him from California to Pennsylvania, which ROH had to pay), he impressed fans with his extremely stiff and hard-hitting style that resembled an mixed martial arts fighter more than a wrestler, which led to ROH booking him full-time.

Throughout his ROH career, he became a ROH World Champion and a ROH Pure Champion.

On January 31, 2008, he announced that he would no longer be a full-time performer in ROH after March 4, 2008. All shows that led up to that date would be billed as the “Samoa Joe Farewell Tour”. On March 4, 2008, he beat long time rival Homicide in his final ROH match with a Muscle Buster from the second rope.

On November 22, 2008, he made a one night only return for Rising Above, defeating Tyler Black in a non-pay-per-view main event.

On June 14, 2005, he was announced as having signed a contract with Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling. He made his official debut five days later at the Slammiversary pay-per-view, defeating Sonjay Dutt in a match that saw him dubbed “The Samoan Submission Machine” by announcer Mike Tenay.

He was a participant in the Christopher Daniels Invitational Super X Cup, defeating Sonjay Dutt and Alex Shelley to advance to the tournament finals at Sacrifice.

At Genesis on November 13, 2005, he teamed with Daniels, Alex Shelley, and Roderick Strong (a team that Daniels called “The Ministry”) against Sonjay Dutt, Chris Sabin, Matt Bentley, and Austin Aries in an eight man elimination match. Following the victory by Daniels and him (Shelley and Strong were eliminated earlier in the match), he viciously attacked Daniels, beating Daniels around the ringside area until he had busted him open. He then threw Daniels into the ring, and delivered a Muscle Buster. He then went out to grab a steel chair from ringside and brought it into the ring, after which he gave Daniels a second Muscle Buster, this time onto the chair, supposedly giving Daniels a level-3 concussion.

In response to these actions, Styles called him out on an episode of Impact!, saying his attack of Daniels violated an unwritten code of respect in the X Division. Prior to Turning Point, he attacked Styles, saying he did not respect the X Division code (a vast departure from his Ring of Honor persona, who is a stalwart defender of their written Code of Honor). He then became a part of the X Divison.

He was then taken out of the X Division and matched with an initially unannounced opponent. On March 25, 2006, on an edition of Impact!, it was announced that he would take on Sabu at Lockdown.

During the Impact! tapings on May 15, 2006, he was injured as he performed a kick, and it was reported that he tore every knee ligament except the anterior cruciate ligament. He suffered a first degree tear to the posterior cruciate ligament and a second degree tear to the medial collateral ligament. He would remain out of action for two weeks.

He beat Jeff Jarrett at No Surrender in a “Fan’s Revenge Lumberjack match”. After the match, he took Jarrett’s NWA World Heavyweight Championship with him, telling Jim Cornette that if Jarrett or Sting (Jarrett’s scheduled opponent at Bound For Glory) wanted the belt, they could take it from him. On October 12, 2006, he agreed to return the belt to the Jarrett-Sting winner under one condition—the winner had to agree to give him a title shot. This offer was turned down, and finally he was given the choice of giving back the title or be fired.

Kurt Angle made his debut and got into a brawl with him after he again refused to give back the belt, and during the brawl, Jarrett took the belt back.

At Genesis, he lost to Angle after tapping out to Angle’s ankle lock. This ended his eighteen month undefeated streak. Throughout the rest of 2006 into 2007, he continued to feud with Angle picking up a victory by submission in their rematch at Turning Point, before suffering a legitimate knee injury in a tag team match that pitted Rhino and Kurt Angle against him and A.J. Styles.

On January 14, 2007, at Final Resolution, he faced Angle in a thirty minute Iron Man match. With seconds remaining, he had Angle in the ankle lock. Although Angle tapped out, he did so just after time had expired. As a result, Angle won the match three falls to two.

In storyline, after complaining to Jim Cornette that he did not have a match at Final Resolution, Cornette decided to team him with Kevin Nash, who was to receive a title shot with Scott Hall when he returned.

For months, he was said to be unhappy with his spot in TNA and that he was considering not renewing his contract. TNA used that Internet rumor into a storyline, where Cornette tried to sign him into a new contract, but every week the signature was interrupted.

On October 30, 2008, on an edition of Impact!, he and AJ Styles formed a faction of younger wrestlers also featuring Jay Lethal, Consequences Creed, Petey Williams, Eric Young, ODB and The Motor City Machineguns, calling themselves “Frontline”, to oppose the Main Event Mafia of Kurt Angle, Sting, Kevin Nash, Booker T and Scott Steiner.

On January 29, 2009, on an episode of Impact!, a short video was shown in which he was sporting a new buzzcut hairstyle, tribal facepaint, and much heavier frame stated he would like to introduce the Main Event Mafia to both the “real” Samoa Joe and his “nation of violence”.

At Slammiversary 2009, he betrayed A.J. Styles and turned on all the fans by helping Kurt Angle win the World Heavyweight Championship in the King of the Mountain match, and thus turned heel. On June 25, 2009, on an episode of Impact!, he officially joined The Main Event Mafia after having spent the last five months taking them out.

At Final Resolution 2009, he took part in the “Feast or Fired” match and won the briefcase containing a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

Throughout his TNA career, he became a TNA Television Champion, a TNA World Heavyweight Champion, a 2x TNA World Tag Team Champion, a 5x TNA X Division Champion, won the 2008 King of the Mountain, won the 2011 Maximum Impact Tournament, won the 2005 Super X Cup, won the 2009 Feast of Fired World Heavyweight Championship contract, won the 2007 TNA Turkey Bowl, won the 2007 Gauntlet for the Gold, and won the 2011 Wild Card Tournament.

On February 17, 2015, he announced on Twitter that he “decided to part ways with TNA Wrestling” ending his ten-year run with TNA.

It was announced on February 24, 2015, that he would return to ROH for a number of appearances through March 2015. On March 1, 2015, he made his ROH return confronting ROH World Champion Jay Briscoe and challenging him to a title match.

On March 27, 2015, at Supercard of Honor IX, Jay Briscoe defeated him to retain the ROH World title. On March 29, 2015, he returned to ROH in-ring action for the first time since 2008 to face Kyle O’Reilly, whom he defeated.

On May 20, 2015, at NXT Unstoppable, he would make his unannounced debut during the main event after stopping Kevin Owens from attacking an injured Sami Zayn with a steel chair, before sharing a stare-down with Owens.

While initially, he was allowed to also contiue working outside WWE, on June 1, 2015, it was reported that WWE had decided to sign him to a full-time deal due to his impressive merchandise sales.

He made his in-ring debut on June 10, 2015, on an episode of NXT, defeating Scott Dawson. After weeks of tension between him and Kevin Owens, the two fought on June 17, 2015, on an episode of NXT. After the match went to a no-contest, the two would continue to brawl until they had to be separated.

Throughout his NXT career, he became NXT Champion and won the 2015 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. He still competes in NXT to this day as the current NXT Champion.


He avidly trains in both Judo and Jiu Jitsu at LA Boxing in Costa Mesa, California.

My Thoughts: Samoa Joe is a very talented individual for a man his size. He has a great look, he has great presence about him in and outside of the ring, he has a great character, great charisma, and he’s an excellent wrestler for a man his size. Joe’s gonna kill you!

Video: This video contains a promo segment between Samoa Joe and Baron Corbin on August 12, 2015.

My Thoughts: This was a good promo segment between the two especially after both men cut their promos. During this time, Samoa Joe was only in NXT for three months, but he’s already making his statement in NXT.

Samoa Joe came up to Baron Corbin after Baron Corbin destroyed everyone in the ring and this led to Samoa Joe telling Baron Corbin that he can create a lot more destruction than he can which ended up letting them fight.

To me, Samoa Joe is very underrated on the mic as people usually find him great and excellent in the ring, but never talk about how good or great he is on the mic and Samoa Joe displayed that here in this promo.

Also, I love the intensity that Samoa Joe brought when he was trying to choke out Baron Corbin. That was something that was missing from Samoa Joe during his last few years in TNA so it was great to see that intensity again from him in this segment.

Overall, pretty good segment where both men look dominant especially in the case of Samoa Joe.

His run in NXT so far has been amazing and I hope he continues to have great success in NXT. Joe’s gonna kill you!

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