Ever since Samoa Joe made his main roster debut earlier this year, he has been on a roll. From debuting as Triple H’s side kick to try and take out Seth Rollins on January 30th, 2017, to his opportunity to face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at Great Balls of Fire on July 9th, 2017, to his current push towards a hinted Intercontinental Championship with Roman Reigns. Besides Joe’s brief hiatus from a knee injury from August to October, Samoa Joe has been on fire. Samoa Joe is not your typical “WWE guy”, and I personally love that. He is shorter than most others and does not have the perfect build. Once again, I love that. I think it is great seeing guys like this succeed and thrive in the WWE where they would not thrive 10 years ago. This is all thanks to his loyal fan base who want to see him succeed and I envision him having success on the WWE main roster.
Lets start from the beginning. Once Samoa Joe made his main roster debut it was an unexpected and fresh start. Most call-ups will start the night after WrestleMania, so to see him be brought up during this unexpected time was great. While Joe didn’t get much attention through WrestleMania season, as soon as the summer started he was pushed red hot. The fact that he was only part of the main roster for about 5-6 months and was put in the main event for the Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar is awesome. I personally attended Extreme Rules on June 4th, 2017 in Baltimore, MD where Joe won his Fatal-5 Way Extreme Rules Match against Bray Wyatt, Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns. I was cheering him on all along but deep down I honestly didn’t think he would win. It was a great surprise factor to have him go over. When he choked out Finn Balor, I went bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S!
This would lead to the actual championship match. The match he had with Lesnar was a good match throughout where I actually believed Joe had a shot at winning to shake things up during this particular time of year. In the end, Joe didn’t win the Championship but that’s ok. We, the fans, won with that match. It was a great moment for Joe to be presented that opportunity and showcase his skills which is a lot more than most can say.
Fast forward to when Joe returned from his knee injury and made his way onto Team Raw for Survivor Series 2017. Another great sign in the faith that the higher ups show is being put on this team along with the likes of Triple H and Kurt Angle and be in the ring with the likes of John Cena and Randy Orton on Team Smackdown. While not a whole lot was produced from the actual match, him being apart of the main event team was a good start for his return back from injury.
This all leads us to the present. With Roman Reigns issuing the weekly Championship challenge and Samoa Joe showing his interest, I see a awesome feud coming soon. Since there is no Raw branded PPV until the joint PPV Royal Rumble in January, this match may be saved until then or may be on a upcoming episode of Monday Night Raw. One thing that I really like about the way this feud is going is it gives a real threat to Roman Reigns Championship. Unlike a lot of John Cena’s United States Championship open challenges where a lot of no name wrestlers were given opportunities, the tease between Joe and Reigns each week is adding to a nice build up where we should have a great match.
Samoa Joe has not even hit his one year mark on the main roster with WWE and he has had a terrific run so far. Will we see Samoa Joe win the Intercontinental Championship soon? Will we see him win a World Championship in his career with WWE? We will have to enjoy the ride and wait and see! What does everyone think? Let me know in the comments!
And with that, HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY!