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Samoa Joe


Real Name - Nuufolau Joel Seanoa
Birthdate - 3/17/79
6'3" 280 lbs. - Orange County, CA

Athletic Background - Judo (State Jr. Champion); Football (High School)

Teacher(s) - Cincinnati Red, Johnny Hemp [West Coast Dojo] 

Professional Background - Indies(`99-), UPW(`00-`01), Zero-One(`02-`03), ROH(`02-`07), PWG(`03-`07), Europe(`04), TNA(`05-), AAA(`06), NOAH(`07,`12)

Aliases - Samoan Joe, King Joe

Groups - The Prophecy, The Group, Team TNA, New Main Event Mafia, 

Peak Years - `02-`08


Finisher(s) - 

- Muscle Buster

- CCS (Jumping Enzugiri)

- Island Driver (Emerald Fusion)

- Gourdbuster

- Coquina Clutch / Joejigatame (Entangled Choke)

- High-Angle Pedigree


Favorites -

- Dragon Suplex

- Powerbomb-STF Combo

- Ole Kicks (Corner Footwash)

- Slap


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes10

Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy


Place in History - A couple years into the pro-wrestling business and the man known as Samoa Joe was already caught in the tug-of-war between the Internet wrestling community and the talent scouts of the big leagues.  His fans recognized him for his physical style and believable intensity, yet the powers-that-be could never see past his soft midsection and undeveloped personality.  Once he was in the ring, Samoa Joe could always get over and could build a foundation off his realistic style not unlike Johnny Valentine many years before.  Ring of Honor was a young company when they made Joe their dominant champion and he carried their title for nearly two years.  The run highlighted by battles with CM Punk cemented Samoa Joe as one of the key talents of the period.  Even after losing the title, Samoa Joe had a match with Kenta Kobashi that was one of the best of the decade.  Joe made a jump to TNA in 2005 as he was at his physical and professional peak.  The company was at a high point and Samoa Joe had a hot run as part of the X-Division and then as a contender to the World title.  His feud with Kurt Angle was, despite its simplicity, among TNA's most successful.  Injuries and bad booking caught up with him though and when a machete-wielding Joe showed up, his career has never quite recovered.  Samoa Joe is still young enough and capable enough to contribute so much more to pro-wrestling.  Unfortunately, he seems to be past his physical prime and has heavily relied on his hard-hitting style to get over.  The generation of stars that came up in the indies and headlined Ring of Honor went on to both amazing highs with CM Punk and Daniel Bryan in the WWE as well as surprising disappointments with Chris Hero and Nigel McGuinness.  The pro-wrestling landscape has shifted and people like Samoa Joe might be on the wrong side of history.
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