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. 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 and Eric Young 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.
  • 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.
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