NXT Champion Samoa Joe is satisfied with his position as a top draw in WWE’s developmental brand, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t daydream of potential matches with some of the bigger names featured on the main roster.
A standout with TNA for about a decade, Joe has crossed paths with many big names in the industry, including Sting and AJ Styles.
“I have so much history with so much of the roster up there. AJ Styles, John Cena, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn. … Brock Lesnar, a guy I don’t have any history with but I’d love to get in the ring with,” he told The Times-Picayune (h/t Wrestling Inc). “Randy Orton, another guy who we’ve kind of run parallel but have never crossed paths. I would definitely love to get in the ring with him and mix it up.
“The options and potential is limitless. To me and to a lot of fans these options are really incredible matches in the making. … Rusev, there’s another guy who I’d love to go after.”
While he’s got his eyes on the likes of Cena, Lesnar and Orton, Joe is enjoying his time as one of the leaders of a relatively young NXT roster.
“My inclusion in NXT from the start was to spearhead it as a stable brand in the WWEUniverse. Me being a designated locker room leader, I take the responsibility very, very seriously. I hope to continue extending the brand even beyond its current bounds.
“Some of these guys, it’s their first opportunity to see the rest of the country. The enthusiasm when you have such a younger roster is tenfold. And to be around them when it’s their first time is kind of invigorating, and the energy is infectious. It even manages to seep into me a little bit.”