Samoa Joe Reveals What You Need to Do to Earn Brock Lesnar’s Respect inside WWE Ring

Published 06/29/2021, 1:47 PM EDT


Recently released from WWE Raw, and then making a return on WWE NXT, it’s been quite the past few weeks for veteran Superstar Samoa Joe. While Joe has had an excellent WWE in-ring career, there are some feuds which stood out. One such is when Samoa Joe went up against The Beast, Brock Lesnar.

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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 23: Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker battle it out at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)

During an interview, Joe revealed how it was to work with Brock Lesnar. He expressed The Beast did not like half hearted effort. Brock Lesnar expected his opponent to come at him with all the energy and strength. The idea was to make it as difficult as possible.

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“That’s the kind of energy you gotta have when you’re out there with Brock. You know, it’s just, he won’t, he probably won’t respect anything less than that. You know, if you don’t show up saying that you’re gonna try to kick his teeth in and you’re coming after him, you know, he ain’t trying to hear it. So, you know, that’s just, you got to keep that energy with him.”

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Samoa Joe revealed why he wanted to work with Brock Lesnar

During the same interview, Samoa Joe narrowed down upon why it is important for Superstars to constantly try to work with the top guys on the roster. During his time, he knew who the top guys were. He used every opportunity presented to him to have a feud with top guys such as Brock Lesnar.

“I think if you are in this industry, you know, Brock is one or the types of matches you should be seeking out. You know, when you get into this industry, you should be gunning to work with the top guys. You know, Rock, he was the top top guy. And when I was given the opportunity, I did my very best to make the most of it. Any time I was in the ring with him, it’s important, you know, you got to have a kind of goal post and you got to have a bar of excellence that you maintain.”

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“These are all gentlemen who you know, you push yourself because they push and it’s good you know, for me. It’s a good symbiotic relationship. You know, they’re going to give as hard as they get and you know, vice versa.”

Currently, Samoa Joe is working alongside General Manager William Regal. Initially, Regal tried to offer the General Manager position to Joe, but he turned it down and went after the enforcer position.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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