Samoa Joe discusses getting to recreate rivalry with CM Punk, idea of a match against Zack Sabre Jr.

Originally published at Samoa Joe discusses getting to recreate rivalry with CM Punk, idea of a match against Zack Sabre Jr.

Joe says the same cast of characters seem to pop up at different points throughout his career. 

The reigning ROH World Television Champion is Samoa Joe and this coming Friday at Death Before Dishonor, Joe is going to be putting his title on the line against the winner of Dalton Castle versus Shane Taylor. 

Joe participated in the Owen Hart Foundation tournament and lost to CM Punk in the semifinals. He guest appeared on Under the Ring and reflected on getting to recreate his rivalry with Punk. 

I mean, really, it’s to be expected. I found that throughout my career, the same cast of characters seem to have their head pop up and (CM) Punk is definitely in that realm within those cast of characters so to see us back in the ring against each other one more time, it’s no big surprise.

Later in the conversation, the idea of a match between Joe and NJPW World Television Champion Zack Sabre Jr. was brought up. They’ve shared the screen together several times on Ring of Honor programming. 

You know, Zack Sabre, stylistically, he’s very, very unique and people say, ‘Oh, well he’s just an older style.’ No, he has a very modern style that has a lot of older sensibilities to it and yeah, he’s just a tremendous athlete. He’s very, very entertaining, very, very skilled at what he does and sometimes you need that kind of contrast in styles. Styles make fights and I think somewhere down the line, me and Zack would be a very, very interesting one.

As of this writing, below is the updated Death Before Dishonor lineup: 

  • ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli (c) vs. TBA
  • ROH World Television Championship: Samoa Joe (c) vs. TBD
  • ROH Pure Championship — Pure Rules Match: Katsuyori Shibata (c) vs. Daniel Garcia
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena (c) vs. Willow Nightingale

If the quotes in this article are used, please credit Under the Ring with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcriptions.