During a recent interview with The Mirror, Raw Superstar “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe talked about his Universal Title match with Brock Lesnar at Great Balls of Fire 2017 PPV. Below are the highlights:
At Great Balls of Fire you faced Brock Lesnar in a first-time encounter, which you referred to in advance as a dream match. Aside from the result, did it live up to your expectations?
“Aside from the result, it was every bit the physical encounter I expected it to be. Brock is one of those special athletes, so everything in the ring is elevated to another level with him. I’m a very intense individual and I have no qualms in saying he definitely lives up to his hype as a very intense individual too. It was furious. It definitely lived up to the experience I thought it would be.”
Part of what made it so exciting I think is that you were seen and presented as a genuine threat to Brock, in a way that very few of his opponents are. Fans aren’t used to seeing somebody manhandle him like you did.
“Yeah and it’s also because Brock sees it that way. He knows what I’m capable of and what I can do in the ring. I think there is this false assumption that he’s really tone-deaf to the rest of the world, when really he’s probably, from what I’ve seen of how he has conducted himself, he is probably one of the most savvy businessmen in our industry, if not all combat sports. So he knew what he was getting into, who he was doing it with, and he understood the magnitude of what was going to go down and what kind of threat I presented to him. I think him being convinced if anything was what kind of lent more fire and hyper meaning to the match.”
You will face Lesnar, Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman in a Fatal 4-Way at SummerSlam. On paper, that looks like a WrestleMania main event. How excited are you about being part of such a big match?
“I’m beyond enthused I think is the best way to put it. Obviously I would have loved to have another singles match with Lesnar, but when you look around at the talent that is surrounding me in that ring, what I might view as kind of a lame duck opportunity, has actually turned into an opportunity for me to show the entire world how much better I am than the very best in the world.”
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