Awesome / Samoa Joe

  • His triple threat match against AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels at Unbreakable is still considered TNA's greatest match ever.
  • His ROH World Title trilogy with CM Punk, with the first match largely considered to be the moment ROH Grew The Beard and the second one being rated five stars by Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the first to do so in North America since the first Hell in a Cell match between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker.
  • His match with Kenta Kobashi. It is considered one of ROH's greatest matches, got five stars by Dave Meltzer and was chosen as "Match of the Year" in 2005.
  • That moment where Kurt Angle had seemingly given Joe a hellacious beatdown and was mugging for a close up camera shot as if he had vanquished Godzilla, only for Godzilla to suddenly pop up on camera behind him with blood running down his face breathing heavily through gritted teeth and staring a hole of pure death through the back of Kurt's skull in what is perhaps one of TNA's most iconic visuals EVER. That shot alone is enough to explain to a non or new fan "THIS is what Samoa Joe is".
  • After months of speculation following his departure from TNA in 2015, Joe made his long-awaited WWE debut at the NXT Takeover: Unstoppable show, saving Sami Zayn from a beatdown and having a long staredown with current NXT champion Kevin Owens. The best part? Owens looked legitimately intimidated by Joe the entire time.
  • Just the fact that he's keeping the name "Samoa Joe" counts, as WWE would prefer their talents use WWE owned names. The last people to get WWE to waive this were Sting, David Otunganote  & CM Punk - and Punk was 9 years earlier, and Paul Heyman lobbied for the name to stay. Not only that but it also appears that WWE are being a bit more flexible with indy stars: AJ Styles, Austin Aries, Shinsuke Nakamura, Karl Anderson, Eric Young, Roderick Strong and Bobby Roode all kept their names when they signed.
  • Delivering an absolutely stellar match with Finn Bálor at NXT Takeover: London. As one critic pointed out: Joe looked the most dangerous in that match in his 15+ year career.
  • Samoa Joe is now the first 2X WWE NXT Champion after beating Shinsuke Nakamura at NXT Takeover: Toronto.
  • His entrance at Takeover:Brooklyn II was something to behold, with fans chanting "JOE JOE JOE" to the beat of his theme, and him loudly announcing to the camera that he is a badass in no uncertain terms:
    Samoa Joe: Most VICIOUS! Most FOUL! Most VIOLENT! the WWE!
  • Extreme Rules 2017: Samoa Joe is #1 Contender for the WWE Universal Championship against BROCK LESNAR!
  • Raw, June 5, 2017. Joe is confronted by Paul Heyman. During which, Heyman tells Joe that he represents the "worst-case scenario" for Brock Lesnar going into their title match. Joe, miffed that Brock isn't there himself, decides to send Brock a message, and expressly tells Paul to deliver it for him — right before locking Paul in the Coquina Clutch. That night, Joe looked every bit the monster he should be.
  • Raw, 6/26/2017: Paul Heyman is doing yet another promo hyping up Brock Lesnar and belittling Joe by saying that Joe relies on cheap shots and that "[Joe] should start fearing Brock Lesnar". Cue Lesnar's theme song and entrance...before Joe attacks him from behind and locks in the Coquina Clutch. Brock attempts to break free but Joe keeps the hold and he very nearly makes Brock go to sleep before being interrupted by the officials. The look on Brock's face after Joe lets go of him says it all.
  • Great Balls of Fire July 9, 2017. Brock Lesnar is doing his usual dance as Paul Heyman announces him... only for both to be blindsided as Joe runs in, flings Brock out of the ring, and drives him through a table. Brock just manages to make it back in to begin the match, only for Joe to pretty much dominate throughout, outstriking easily and almost choking Brock out several times over. Brock finally manages to land a F5 that puts Joe down for three, but it was clear that had it been left to judges decision it could have easily gone the other way.
    • Something to note: Joe never got the Coquina Clutch in fully. It was either a side stance, or he didn't body scissor Brock. YMMV, but it seems like, in kayfabe, if Joe had done that, we would've had a new Universal Champion.
  • In the final moments of the 11/27 Raw, Joe choked out Roman Reigns.