Samoa Joe Conference Call Recap: His TNA Contract Expires?

Ryan Clark

This afternoon TNA star Samoa Joe did a media conference call. The most newsworthy item discussed was Joe setting the record straight about his contractual status with TNA. Joe said his TNA contract does in fact expire soon and that he and TNA are currently “talking”. He said “details still have to be worked out” and “hopefully it’ll be over soon”.

Thanks to Chris Johnson for this detailed recap:

– Joe was asked if Sundayâ<80><99>s match at Lockdown will be an MMA style match as Kurt Angle has said. Joe said he is going in there to win a pro wrestling match and nothing else.

– Joe said his contract status right now is up in the air. They are currently negotiating things and it will hopefully get done soon.

– He and Nash didnâ<80><99>t get along at first but over the last 4 or 5 months he has really grown to respect Kevin and thinks he has a great mind for wrestling.

– He wasnâ<80><99>t afraid of his spot when guys like Christian and Angle came in.

– His favorite TNA matches were with Styles and Daniels while his favorite match in ROH was with Kenta Kobashi.

– There is concern within the company that the fans may not take to them going in an MMA direction.

– Joe feels 100% that he and Kurt will have there best match yet on Sunday.

– Joe says a lot of his old injuries are now healed and he feels much better than he has in a long time.

– His contractual status has no barring on how hard he works in the ring and how much of himself he is willing to give for the product.

– Joe is very excited for the TNA video game and thinks it will be much better than the Smackdown vs. Raw series who he is not a fan of.

– Wrestlemania weekend in Orlando was a ton of fun for himself and worked out well for all three companies.

– If Joe does lose on Sunday he is looking into possibly working at Starbucks.

– The best advice Nash has ever given him is â<80><9c>Once your on top trouble always falls behind youâ<80>.

– He would love to go back to Japan and work for either NOAH or New Japan but with TNAâ<80><99>s busy schedule he has his hands full with that at this time.

– Broken ribs was the worst injury he has ever suffered.

– He said Dutch Mantell and The Bully have the two best mustaches in wrestling history.

– If he could have anyone in ROH history to face in TNA it would be CM Punk.

– Of the TNA guys he hasnâ<80><99>t worked with he would like to feud with Booker T.

– He thinks Kaz and Curry Man are currently the two most overlooked guys in TNA.

– He loved the Ric Flair sendoff and would have loved to work with him.

– When asked if he could ever see himself in WWE he said he doesnâ<80><99>t know but he is very loyal to TNA and he doesnâ<80><99>t want that to change anytime soon.

– He feels that TNAâ<80><99>s roster is talented enough that they donâ<80><99>t need to book all the gimmick matches that they do.

– Aside from his match he is most looking forward to seeing what Booker and Roode do on Sunday.

– Joe ended the call by saying “Go team Cage”.

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