Samoa Joe has given his opinion on how he plans to rule AEW as the company’s World Champion.
At AEW Worlds End on the second last day of 2023, Samoa Joe became the AEW World Champion when he ended MJF’s championship reign. It was a dominant victory for Joe as he put MJF to sleep with a Coquina Clutch submission that saw MJF’s arm raise three times without stopping because Joe choked him out.
By winning the World Championship, Samoa Joe added to his championship legacy in pro wrestling. The 44-year-old is a former ROH World Champion, WWE NXT Champion, TNA World Champion and now he’s added the AEW World Championship to his name.
Being in a top spot in the wrestling world isn’t new for Joe, who spoke to Sports Illustrated about his vision as the AEW World Champion.
“I understand the world of professional wrestling. I’ve seen things work at a very high level, and I understand the type of people backstage that it takes for that to happen. I try to be that person.”
“As champion, you’re the standard-bearer. I’m more than happy to take up that mantle. I really want to make a focus of getting the fans’ attention back on the conflict in the ring, and a lot of the petty stuff needs to melt away. Let’s get back to entertaining people.”
As he continued, Joe talked about wanting to make AEW better.
“Any company I join, my goal is to enrich that company. I’ve been with several different companies throughout my career, and when I join up with an organization, I’m not signing up to add to my personal trophy case. I’m there to deliver and show them they made a fantastic investment.”
“I want to ensure they’re getting everything they paid for and more. With that approach in life, you’re bound to find success. It’s not what they’re going to do for me or my legacy, but what I can do for them and theirs.”
Samoa Joe Will Appear On AEW Dynamite
The January 10th edition of AEW Dynamite is a “Homecoming” episode taking place at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville. Samoa Joe is set to appear on the show. The rest of the lineup is below.
* Texas Tornado Match: Sting & Darby Allin vs. Konosuke Takeshita & Powerhouse Hobbs
* Claudio Castagnoli vs. “Hangman” Adam Page
* Lance Archer, Brian Cage, and The Gates of Agony vs. Orange Cassidy, Dustin Rhodes, Adam Copeland, and Preston Vance
* Kris Statlander, Thunder Rosa, Willow Nightingale, and Anna Jay vs. Julia Hart, Skye Blue, Saraya, and Ruby Soho
* Ricky Starks vs. Sammy Guevara
We will have a full review of AEW Dynamite later this evening.