“I Didn’t Want to Do It”- Chris Jericho Hates His “S***y Little Match” With Samoa Joe in WWE

Published 05/05/2021, 7:45 AM EDT


WWE shocked the world by releasing one of their top performers, Samoa Joe. Despite not becoming a World Champion, Joe became an asset for WWE to break out whenever they needed a strong heel. With his WWE run over, Chris Jericho wouldn’t mind seeing him in AEW.

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Chris Jericho reflects on his WWE Raw match with Samoa Joe

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Samoa Joe debuted on the main roster in 2017, the year Chris Jericho left WWE to go to New Japan. Fortune struck the WWE Universe that they witnessed Samoa Joe vs Chris Jericho in WWE before the latter left for greener pastures. However, Jericho did not like the match at all.

In an interview with the New York Post, Jericho talked about AEW potentially signing Samoa Joe and their one match on Raw in 2017.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 04: Chris Jericho attends the All Elite Wrestling press line during 2019 New York Comic Con at Jacob Javits Center on October 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for WarnerMedia Company)

“Obviously, the one name that stands out as an established main-event heavyweight champion guy is Samoa Joe. Those guys have three months before they can go anywhere. But I’d love to see Joe in an AEW ring at some point. That’s another dream match if you want to go there.”

“I’ve never. I think we had one little, three-minute sh***y little match on Raw and it was just kind of thrown away. And I didn’t want to do it because I said this is a pay-per-view match, but that’s the WWE style. I think Joe and Jericho, Joe and Omega, Joe with Cody, Joe with put name here is a money match.”

Jericho and Joe faced each other twice on Raw, with the first match ending in a disappointing count-out. Their second match was a nine-minute sprint with Joe putting Jericho to sleep with the Coquina Clutch.

Dream matches for Samoa Joe in AEW

If Samoa Joe comes to AEW, every superstar will have him on their list of dream matches. The Samoan Submission Machine put on classics against the likes of AJ Styles, Brock Lesnar, and Roman Reigns in WWE, but AEW’s roster presents a whole different ball game.

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Seeing a vicious beast like Joe against Orange Cassidy would be a riot. Cassidy’s previous work with the likes of Pac and Chris Jericho proves he can hang with the toughest, and a match with Joe would be a killer one. Another clash of styles that would lead to a brilliant match would be Samoa Joe vs Rey Fenix.

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With Kenny Omega looking unbeatable, AEW could look at Joe as a potential challenger for the AEW Title. Seeing Omega and Joe go to war is fascinating enough, but seeing him choke out Omega to win the title would be a sight to behold. Other matches include Joe vs Moxley, Joe vs Cody, and of course, Joe vs Eddie Kingston in a promo battle.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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