Samoa Joe epitomizes the early spirit of Ring of Honor. Joe joined the promotion in 2002 and immediately became a fan favorite for his hard-hitting matches and no-nonsense approach to wrestling. The ROH legend even won the promotion’s world title in just his 10th match.
ROH fans immediately expected Samoa Joe to be included when ROH announced that they were forming their own Hall of Fame. The Briscoes and Bryan Danielson made the first cut. Samoa Joe is the latest wrestler announced for the honor.
ROH announced the inclusion of Samoa Joe on their website. The promotion touted the fact that Joe held the ROH World Championship for a mind-boggling 645 days. At the time, it was the longest such reign in any US-based wrestling company.
“Joe went on to hold the ROH World Championship for a record 645 days and make 31 successful title defenses. It’s not only the longest reign in ROH history, but at the time it was the longest world title reign in any U.S.-based pro wrestling company in 15 years.
During Joe’s historic reign, he and CM Punk engaged in an epic trilogy of matches that have become legendary. They wrestled to two 60-minute draws before Joe won their final meeting.”
Samoa Joe moved on to TNA in 2007, where he also became a world champion. Joe stayed at the top of the card until he moved on to WWE and became the first-ever two-time NXT Champion. Samoa Joe was recently released by WWE and is currently a free agent.
This week’s episode of ROH television will feature a retrospective on Samoa Joe’s stellar career there. The promotion will also release a YouTube special on February 21 to honor Joe. Congratulations to Samoa Joe on yet another very well-deserved honor.
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