Samoa Joe still wants to become WWE or Universal Champion. The former NXT Champion has been away from the ring for over a year.
Samoa Joe quickly rose through the ranks during his stay at NXT becoming the Champion on the Black and Gold brand less than a year after his debut. He soon found himself on the main roster and after a somewhat slow start to life on WWE RAW, the submission machine was soon placed in World title feuds.
Joe could never get the big one around his waist. However, his brilliant character work always allowed for him to be a credible opponent every time he pursued a championship. Although, he still yearns for the titles despite not taking to the ring for over a year now.
Samoa Joe still wants to become WWE or Universal Champion
While speaking with Uproxx sports, Joe opened up on his desire to return to the ring and cap his career with either the WWE or the Universal Championship.
“(Those titles) are a calling card for a legacy. It’s something that’s sought after. It’s based on perseverance and time. I’ve existed in a career wrought with doubt by others. I’ve learned to shut it out and never listened to it because honestly, I never had to accept those results and we found a way to get it done. So we’re just working on that right now. Just being strategic about it.”
Joe revealed that the WWE had to convince him to take time off. However, he now agrees with their decision. Although, the process has been very difficult for him even if he understands why.
“There’s been some technical holdups as well as just a very careful approach to my return and recovery and I appreciate it. And I’m all aboard, you know? It took (WWE) a lot to talk me down. But after seeing medically, you know, what I’ve seen, I agree with them. And we’re just taking our time with it and trying to do right.”
“I am my own worst enemy in this aspect, where I just want to shake it off. I have people that depend on me and you see these other things that could happen, I had to realize that I have to start listening because I have to honor these responsibilities to people, both professionally, personally, everybody. It’s very, very difficult when you come from a state of always wanting to charge forward, wanting to go harder and fight through.”
Joe is currently part of the RAW commentary team. He replaced veteran commentator Jerry Lawler last year.
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