“I Don’t Think He Got a Really Great Run” – Kurt Angle Gives Honest Opinion on Samoa Joe’s WWE Career

Published 03/02/2021, 8:30 AM EST

Following his departure from WWE, Kurt Angle enjoyed a successful career in TNA, now known as Impact Wrestling. And one of his first opponents was none other than the formidable Samoa Joe.


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The duo had some stellar matches inside the squared circle. Eventually, they both came back to WWE and settled for non-wrestling roles. Angle was the General Manager of RAW before he retired, and Joe became a color commentator on the red brand while recovering from an injury.

In a recent episode of his ‘Kurt Angle Show’ podcast, Angle was asked to give his thoughts on Joe’s recent role as a commentator. His co-host Conrad Thompson asked him if Joe would get his ‘big break’.


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Angle had quite a lot to say about his former colleague.

“You know what’s crazy is, Samoa Joe is so talented. His work ethic and what he does in the ring is unreal!”

“At the same time, he’s so articulate. He can put his chops, his sentences together, he can great real creative,” according to Angle. “He’s witty, he’s smart, he’s quick.”

Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)

Kurt Angle then looked back at his Impact Hall of Fame induction back in 2013. Samoa Joe introduced and inducted the former Olympian into the Hall of Fame.

“He did the speech for me and I was blown away at his speech,” he recalled. “The guy is just a talented individual that he could do many different facets of the business, you know.”

Kurt Angle thinks Samoa Joe can do whatever he wants

Angle deems Samoa Joe so talented that the latter could handle the roles of reporter, commentator, wrestler, manager, and producer with equal expertise. However, Angle thinks Joe could achieve more inside the ring than he already has.

“I don’t think he got a really great run. I think he had a decent run in WWE. But I don’t know if his career is over,” Angle revealed. “I know he had an injury, and that’s the reason he started commentary, but I don’t know if his injury is healed or what’s going on right now.”

TOKYO, JAPAN – JUNE 29: Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura compete during the WWE Live Tokyo at Ryogoku Kokugikan on June 29, 2019, in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

Precisely, Joe had his last match inside the ring almost a year ago when he competed at Royal Rumble 2020. On February 20 last year, Joe got hurt during a commercial shoot. Four days later, he was suspended for thirty days for violating WWE’s wellness policy.


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Since then, Joe has focused solely on commentary. Although he is not done with the in-ring competition just yet, the former United States Champion is enjoying his role as a commentator.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.