Speculations ensued whether or not Kevin Owens would retain the NXT championship at NXT Takeover: Unstoppable since he has a match cinched in for WWE’s Elimination Chamber event. There’s still speculations, but none concerning Kevin Owens’ grasp on the title going into his match with John Cena, which will make him the first NXT champion to compete on a WWE pay-per-view special. The speculations are now targeted towards WWE’s newest acquisition: Samoa Joe.
Written in a previous post, the reason I strayed away from TNA IMPACT Wrestling was because all the wrestlers that I loved were parting ways from the company one way or another; which included Samoa Joe. After TNA, Samoa Joe made a quick resurgence over in Ring of Honor Wrestling, the promotion where he made a name for himself as the Samoan Submission Machine. And much like Kevin Steen, Samoa Joe was never really in the cross hairs of WWE because of his look.
Even though the inter-web or the IWC… whatever you want to call it, have discussed the rumors that Joe and WWE were finally in negotiations, I just wasn’t expecting one of the top independent prospects to make his way over to the WWE. Sure, it’s not Monday Night RAW, but to debut at the conclusion of the main event of an NXT Takeover special is the next best thing.
Samoa Joe came at a strategic time in the development of the Kevin Owens storyline. Because Owens has been non-stop laying people out with his pop-up powerbombs, and with his recent thrashing of his former best friend Sami Zayn, he was truly unopposed. But when Joe entered the NXT squared circle and just cold stared at Owens, and then stepped closer when Owens stepped back, he became Owens’ opposition. It was like when John Cena first debuted against Kurt Angle, or when Kurt Angle crossed the line and opposed Samoa Joe; there was an instant electricity that the wrestling fans have been craving for.
Does the emergence of Samoa Joe spell the end for Kevin Owens’ reign as the NXT champion? Does it mean that Owens is about to get called up for a permanent spot on the main roster? Or will this rivalry become the best summer in NXT Wrestling history? So much to speculate on, and yet how great is it to see Samoa Joe finally in a WWE capacity setting?
What are your thoughts on WWE’s latest acquisition and how they handled Samoa Joe’s debut?
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