As of this writing, Samoa Joe is the NXT Champion in his first reign. Although NXT is considered the developmental training ground for future WWE superstars, Joe is already a 16-year veteran of the professional wrestling industry, and has more than a few major accomplishments under his belt outside of the WWE Universe. Joe started training to become a wrestler in 1999 and made his pro debut the next year. It didn’t take long before Joe was one of the most respected names in independent wrestling, as he gradually proved his dominance in Ring of Honor, Total Nonstop Action, and a number of major Japanese promotions.
Samoa Joe finally made his full-time debut in the WWE Universe at NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable. Barely over one year into his tenure in WWE, Joe is already a major champion receiving a great deal of online buzz, but there are still plenty of things WWE isn't going to tell you about The Samoan Submission Specialist. Joe spent over a decade dominating the wrestling world, but WWE is famously ignorant of anything happening outside of their rings. Keep reading if you’d like to learn 15 facts about Samoa Joe WWE doesn’t want you to know.
15 He Comes From A Family Of Dancers
14 He Was A Mortgage Broker
13 He Was Trained By William Regal
12 He Wrestled Essa Rios On Jakked
11 Jim Ross Told Him To Quit
10 He's A King In Japan
9 He Was ROH World Champion For Years
8 He Was Undefeated In TNA
7 He Had Classics With Kurt Angle
6 He Had Legendary Matches With A.J. Styles
5 Wrestling Fans Think He's Outstanding
4 He's A Tag Team Specialist
3 He Distracted Game Show Contestants
2 He Trains With Team Punishment
1 He's An Avid Gamer
Plenty of wrestling fans these days are calling themselves massive video game fans, and Samoa Joe is just one of many to join the fold. It may be hard to imagine the imposing submission specialist sitting down with his friends and playing games, but he actually enjoys doing just that so deeply he has his own channel on the video game streaming site Twitch. Joe’s Twitch handle was SamoaJoeGames, but unfortunately for any fans hoping to play with him or just watch him talk about Metal Gear, his profile has been offline for several years now. It’s more likely that the WWE schedule stopped him than any particular corporate mandate, but the fact the stream is dead means they can’t profit from Joe’s gaming, so they won’t have any reason to mention it on TV.
Sources: Wrestling Observer, PWInsider
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