Samoa Joe on The Heat in the Ring During Saudi Arabia Show

Posted By Caroline Walsh on 06/11/19

Samoa Joe recently did an interview with The Sporting News, touching on a number of topics. Below are some highlights.

On Long-Term Challengers: I think, in general, Iíve always found myself in this unique situation in my career where people realized the magnitude of what it is to get into a program with me, but a lot of times, both creatively and physically, some cats arenít ready for it. Thatís the way I look at it. Yeah, obviously, Iím bummed. Iím out here searching for these long-term challengers and for that next great entanglement. Itís a process, but I think itís going to happen, certainly.

On His Work On The Mic: Itís really simple. Iíd love to sit here and say it was some long, miraculous process, but itís not that at all. When I go out there and if Iím out in the ring and Iím saying something to you, Iím out there to pick a fight. Plain and simple. Iím out there to push your buttons, to put you off balance, to get you jumping. Thatís my intentions and itís the effort behind the words that I say and the things that I do.

People say that it feels a little more real or more authentic. Thatís because thatís its intention. Iím not out there to tell you a wonderful tale about what I have planned. Iím not there to tell you what Iím going to do. Iím going to ask you what youíre going to do about it. To be honest, if you canít convey your point, especially convey it with menace, and you have to lean on the crutch of choice four-letter words or taking it to this blatant, shocking extreme, thatís fine. I think thatís what sets apart the great talkers of this industry and guys who may be controversial, but without those tools, I think they wouldnít be as successful. I think I can convey all of that without doing that. Thatís part of the art of doing this.

On The Heat At Super ShowDown: It was a chaotic scene, let me tell you that in 101-degree weather and a lot of human body heat. It was quite the inferno in that ring.

On The Wild Card Rule: Thereís definitely a different feel between the two brands. I think the wild card guys that are swapping back and forth every week, it adds a little freshness here and there. With that being saiid, I donít see this as a continuing trend. I could be totally wrong, but I think, eventually, you might see the rosters settle down to something a little more stable. But I guess with the wild card being thrown in the mix, you never know.