SAMOA JOE has warned legendary rival CM Punk that he will fail against him…as he does “every time”.
The ROH World Television Champion and punk will reignite their heated feud on Saturday when they clash in the semi-finals of the Owen Hart Cup at AEW Collision.
The pressure is on for the self-proclaimed best in the world as he faces Joe – a man he has never beaten in his celebrated 24-year career in the fight business.
And the Ring of Honor superstar insists the nine-time world champion’s losing streak will be extended and he will unmask him en route to the final.
Samoa Joe told SunSport: “I don’t think it’s going to be much different. Let’s be honest. This guy never hit me and probably never will. He fell short every time.
“You sit there and call yourself the best in the world, but you’ve never beaten me. So I don’t know what makes me special. I think at that point he needs someone like me, he needs a win. He has to be in the ring with Samoa Joe now.
“Because he needs to show the world what he’s about and he knows I’m going to take him to a level where, if he wants to compete with me, maybe everything he says is. But he will come up short.” .”
As WWE transitioned from the Attitude era and The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin to the Ruthless Aggression era of John Cena, Randy Orton and Batista, Joe and Punk laid the foundation for the new era of pro wrestling.
Samoa Joe and CM Punk rocked the independent scene in 2004 with jaw-dropping bouts at ROH, which produced today’s biggest stars like Bryan Danielson, Seth Rollins, AJ Styles, Adam Cole and more.
The two rivals have come a long way, going from Indy favorites to established legends. Joe became the face of TNA ahead of an exciting WWE stint while Punk became a WWE great.
Joe added: “We were legends back then. You just didn’t notice. You’re just late to the party. Let’s face it, we knew back then that we were going to change the world when we did it.”
“Ring of Honor’s influences are felt throughout the industry. And the fingerprints are everywhere. That’s just a fact when you look at today’s top Superstars, and most of them have been on Ring of Honor at some point.”
“It’s no coincidence. It was a place where many careers were forged and realized and became what they are today, so now is no different.”
Samoa Joe returned to ROH in April last year, shortly after the company was bought by AEW President Tony Khan, and hit the ground running by winning the ROH World TV title just 12 days after his debut.
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This comes after the former US Champion was twice fired from WWE, once in April 2021 while working as a color commentator on SmackDown before returning to NXT in June this year and leaving for good six months later.
The TNA legend joined WWE in 2015 and went on to dominate NXT before moving to the main roster two years later, where he shone against the likes of Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns and Styles.
The dismissal of the two-time world champion enraged the WWE Universe. Fans and legends – like Kurt Angle – claimed he was underutilized by promoting Vince McMahon.
However, the 44-year-old bears no grudges as he insists he has “many opportunities” in WWE.
Joe said: “I had a lot of opportunities. There are many options everywhere. Coming through the door is a chance. I don’t value opportunities like other people do. You work with what is presented to you, this is your chance.” .
“It was a very, very fun time. I’ve been able to experience and be a part of WWE in a very unique way, under some unique circumstances and contracts, and something very different than I think a lot of people experience when they sign with a company like WWE.
“It was a unique and fun experience for me. We were able to do a lot of good and entertain a lot of fans.”
And Samoa Joe hints he hasn’t locked doors as he has “businesses everywhere”.
Joe added: “I have businesses all over the place. I have shops at AEW, I have shops wherever I am, wherever you find Samoa Joe you will find shops. So that’s just the best way to sum it up. And right now.” I’m with AEW and that’s where our business is.”
But right now Samoa Joe is focused on one thing – and that is absolute dominance, starting with CM Punk at Collision.
Joe said: “Anyone can get it. I’ll tell you my dream matches in a moment, if you want to stand in front of me, you’ll get your ass kicked.”
“Every night I dream about hitting people in the ass. When I have a match, I dream about slapping people in the ass. So everyone wants to come before me and get that and then come and get it. And trust.” For me it will be a dream because I will still beat you up [be] ROH TV World Champion.”