"So, boy, why'd you do it? They never thought he could... but deep inside he always knew he would. That's right, take over! Deal the cards, that's what he does now, yeah... and if you don't come along, its gonna be a beat down."
Samoa Joe (real name: Nuufolau Joel Seanoa) is the first graduate of the UIWA West Coast Dojo and further boosted his star in Californian UPW. He later became known for his high profile and critically acclaimed matches in Ring of Honor and then became one of the top-tier wrestlers in TNA. 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.Among others, he has won Ultimate Pro Wrestling's No Holds Barred Championship, UPW's Heavyweight Championship, the Ballpark Brawl's Natural Heavyweight Championship, the Pure Wrestling Association Championship, The German Wrestling Association Heavyweight Title, Ring Of Honor's World Championship, ROH's Pure Wrestling Championship, Twin Wrestling Entertainment's Heavyweight Title, TNA's Television Championship, TNA's World Heavyweight Championship, TNA's Tag Team Championships, Pro Wrestling Noah's GHC Tag Team Championshipsnote Both tag belts with Magnus and TNA's X Divisions Championship.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.
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.
Canon Discontinuity: Zero 1 refuses to recognize Joe and Keiji Sakoda's reign as the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Champions. For the record, Sakoda and Joe were the first two to ever hold the belts.
Characterization Marches On: Samoa Joe used to have an undefined but obviously apparent code of honor, most notably in Ring Of Honor, which had a general code for all wrestlers to follow, one which Joe refused to break even if Christopher Daniels paid him to. 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. Seeing him turn on his own teammate Christopher Daniels for the transgression of not allowing Joe to get the winning pin when they were on the same team and voice his apathy to the so called honor of the X-division is a real contrast from the times he made a point to not attack CM Punk's injured leg aside from a few warning shots when Punk's antics got on his nerves.
Dark-Skinned Blonde: He died his hair blonde in UPW and still had it that way during his early Ring Of Honor days.
Defeating the Undefeatable: Christian's undefeated streak in TNA went on to surpass Joe's own. Fittingly, Joe would be the first person in TNA to beat Christian.
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. Of course Joe spent pretty much all of his 2009 King Of The Mountain match fighting Kurt Angle, including suplexing Kurt on a ladder just to then turn around and hand Kurt the belt when he was a few rungs away from victory. Joe being bought out by the mafia was dumb enough but he could at least have acted reasonably enough once he was. (but Vince Russo values confusing stories over those that makes sense)
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".
Fat and Skinny: With Low Ki, AJ Styles and Okada Kazuchika (or Okato, as TNA would call him)
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).
From a Certain Point of View: TNA continued to bill Joe as undefeated even after he lost the X Division championship to Christopher Daniels, claiming that since it was an Ultimate X match where the loser is neither pinned nor made to submit it did not count as a loss, even though it resulted in the loss of the belt. He dropped the X-Division Championship again in a triple threat match but was still considered undefeated because Senshi pinned Sonjay Dutt.
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.
Hard Head: Though he used headbutts less in TNA, it certainly helped him hold in to that Ring Of Honor championship.
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 UPW/ROH 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.
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.
What Bruce Pritchard and Jim Ross thought when they first saw Joe in UPW, saying he would not be going anywhere. They were proven wrong when Joe wound up becoming the longest running champion UPW had. Despite this, Mick Foley still could not get WWE to sign Joe.
Ring Of Honor originally planned to only use Joe in one match, but since he immediately caught on they called him back. Joe would go on to become the longest running champion Ring Of Honor had.
Jobber: Surprisingly, Joe has done four years work for the WWF, but whenever he wasn't just an extra body to stand in the background, he seemed to be losing to make someone else look better, usually off camera.
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.
Loser Leaves Town: Sent Christopher Daniels out of UPW as the culmination of their feud for the UPW Heavyweight Championship
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.
Misplaced Retribution: During Joe's warpath against TNA management and the outsiders, he also trashed Matt Morgan's Christmas party and attack Jeremy Borash, who named Joe the MPV of the company for 2007. However, this turned into Revenge by Proxy after he choked out D'Angelo Dinero and said from now all the blood he spilled would be on TNA's hands.
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. Incidentally, this is the promotion where "gonna kill you" started to take off.
When a part of what Christopher Daniels would dub "The Ministry" (with Roderick Strong and Alex Shelly), Joe attacked the would be stable leader Daniels until AJ Styles ran him off. When defending the X Division championship at Final Resolution 2006, Samoa Joe said he did not care about anything other than ending Christopher Daniels's career and did not even bother going for pins. Joe only won the match because AJ Styles threw in the towel on Daniels's behalf.
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 where he had Okato follow Dinero around with a camera.
Cool Teacher: Not so odd when one considers Joe was one of Cena's trainers in UPW, in California. Joe was also portrayed this way through his interactions with Jay Lethal in ROH.
Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: Initially his signing with TNA did not slow the increase in number of Joe's bookings and but then his appearances made a sharp dive and TNA started having his matches cut out of the few shows he still did elsewhere, most famously, Ring of Honor Rising Above 2008 vs Tyler Black(after which Joe'd be pulled out of ROH entirely)
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.
Real Song Theme Tune:Another Body Murdered by Faith No More and Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J and The Champ is Here Jadakiss during Ring Of Honor.
The Muscle Buster is a clear homage to Kinnikuman (contrarily to the popular belief, however, Joe did not invented it).
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". In Ring Of Honor he was known for an elbow suicide dive and a chop to the back transitioned to a victim to kick.
Spam Attack: As one of the larger men in TNA's X Division, Joe's response to smaller guys who thought they could just run around him was to grab them, hold them in the corner and punch them a whole lot.
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.
Third Movie Goes To Asia: Joe turned the Ring Of Honor Championship into the Ring Of Honor World Championship when he took the belt to the UK, to defend it against Zebra Kid.
Too Many Belts: Only three belts (two tag team, one x division), but Samoa Joe holds distinction of being the first person in TNA to hold more than one TNA belt at once. He went on to lose all his belts at once to Kurt Angle, who became TNA's second Triple Crown champion after AJ Styles.
Wild Samoan: Played its straightest as "King Joe" with Samoan Savage in Zero One. Also closely in his TNA "Nation of Violence" gimmick. But mostly averted, as he is quite well spoken in and out of the ring.
Worked Shoot: Joe got on Dixie Carter's nerves by going over his allotted microphone time to rant about The Outsiders. (Joe apologized for any hurt feelings off camera, then continued to feud with the Outsiders on camera.)
"Now's he's done it! I'll make you see a world. That's right a world you can't paint back! That's right, that's a that's a fact!"