"They never thought he'd do it. That's why, deep inside, he always knew he would."
Samoa Joe (real name: Nuufolau Joel Seanoa) is currently one of the top-tier wrestlers in TNA and before that, in Ring of Honor. He is notable for subverting the Wild Samoan stereotype by being a submission expert and for being one of the few well-known wrestlers of Polynesian ancestry (he was born in the United States) not to have any ties to the Anoa'i wrestling family.You can learn more about him at The Other Wiki.
"The Samoan Troping Machine":
Aborted Arc: His Put on a Bus moment below was a lead-in for Immortal's coming (his Blood Knight character after coming back seemed a lot like that of the eventual messenger of Immortal, Abyss, plus Joe was the first to proclaim that "They have spoken", "They" eventually being Immortal). However, people cheered whenever he assaulted somebody so the bookers killed the angle.
The Artifact: The Nation of Violence theme has stuck with him even after dropping the gimmick.
Badass: Samoa Joe was the first wrestler to hold the TNA tag team belts by himself.
Badass Back: During the Main Event Mafia's negotiations and arguments with World Elite, Joe would always stand with his back to World Elite with a hood or towel over his head, only occasionally peeking to see if they were going to try something. He was always standing after all their brawls too.
Blood Knight: Such as the 2/20/2014 impact where he was given the night off to get ready for a title shot against whoever won the title that night. So he went out into the ring and announced he did not come here to watch a title match and challenged the first three guys who would except to a handicap match.
Characterization Marches On: Samoa Joe used to have an undefined but obviously apparent code of honor, most notably in Ring Of Honor. Since he has been in TNA though he has displayed everything but a sense of honor, excepting the brief period during his Nation Of Violence gimmick which turned out to be empty words when he joined the main event mafia.
Demoted to Extra: Joe's been one of the biggest draws through most of TNA's existence. Once Hulk Hogan came in, it didn't take long for Joe to get pushed down the card.
Dumb Muscle: Played off as this in TNA during his feud with Booker T, though it was more like an Informed Attribute as Kevin Nash, the one most often to accuse Joe on his lack of understanding seemed much more like the big dumb one despite not being called out on it.
Genius Bruiser: This all contrasted Joe's older runs in UPW and Ring Of Honor, where he was said to be pretty smart by the rest of the roster.
Expy: Of Mitsuharu Misawa, which is one reason Japanese fans don't love him, they've seen him before.
His chokehold finisher, the towel he carries with him and the "Joe is gonna kill you!" chants are all straight out of Taz. TNA eventually brought in Taz to be Samoa Joe's manager, explained as Taz trying to live through Joe since he could not wrestle anymore.
Not So Similar: Taz was vocal that the his problem with Joe, one he supposedly never experienced, was Joe's ability to feel remorse. To that end Taz was determined to "cure" Joe of this "problem".
Finishing Move: The (Coquina) Clutch, The Muscle Buster. On the independent circuit he had the island driver (second rope power slam) and chimera suplex (german suplex, dragon suplex, straight jacket suplex in succession).
Genre Savvy: Before the onset of his Badass Decay, Joe was known for casually walking out of the way of his opponents' attempts at high-flying, leaving them to splat on the mat.
Heel-Face Revolving Door: Especially in TNA, but given it largely uses the same bookers WCW did it is not too surprising. Joe losing his more sympathetic traits from ROH/UPW only compounding the issue.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: A notable aversion when it comes to Joe and his real life close friends, particularly his (former?) Triad backstage brothers AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, and Kazarian. While the three of them will have Ho Yay in spades whenever they work closely together, Joe manages to avoid that vibe with them primarily because of his "laid back until it's time to kill" persona.
Hired Guns: In Ring of Honor Christopher Daniels hired Samoa Joe to take out Low Ki, but the two quickly became friends.
In TNA, the Main Event Mafia got Samoa Joe to join them by bribing him with Jenna Morasca's money from winning the Survivor TV show. Joe himself would later hire Okada Kazuchika to help him in his feud against D'angelo Dinero.
Lightning Bruiser: More emphasis on the "bruiser" but all the same he is much quicker than many wrestlers of the same height but otherwise weighing much less.
Machete Mayhem: During his nation of violence gimmick, he would frequently threaten people with a machete, though he never actually used it on anyone and the blade was clearly dull.
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: During an IWA Mid-South match, Joe legitimately beat the absolute shit out of Necro Butcher in retaliation for Necro Butcher beating up a rookie wrestler named Anthony Franco on a CHIKARA card.
No-Nonsense Nemesis: For most of his career he has been one to many people. Exceptions including stretches of his nation of violence gimmick and his feud with D'angelo Dinero.
Put in a Van: He was kidnapped by ninjas on a live TNA program and stuffed into the back of a van. He wasn't heard from for several weeks, and for most of that time no mention of the incident was made. He finally appeared in a short video clip and proclaimed "They have spoken." He returned on the following Impact! as a surprise entrant into an eight-man tag match, and in subsequent weeks went on to randomly attack and destroy both faces and heels in the ring. The details of who took him, why, and what they did to him haven't been revealed.
As this was immediately before Abyss began proclaiming that "They have spoken", it's suspected that Joe's kidnapping was to have something to do with Immortal. The reasons why he ultimately was not involved haven't been revealed either.
Joe's theme almost always starts with the opening notes of the Godzilla theme (or an arranged version of so in TNA).
Signature Move: Running back elbow in the turnbuckle then leg lariat or CSC Enziguri. Also the face wash (not to be confused with Delirious's move of the same name). Also an elevated STO Out of the corner which is referred to by Tazz as a "uranage".
The Juggernaut: He has described his own booking as "the unstoppable juggernaut" and in relation to his badass decay in TNA says he always realized he would not be booked that way forever but will go back to it if the company feels it is needed.