Now I know I put up a post about Joe leaving TNA in the TNA section of the site, but their is a lot more to talk about regarding Joe leaving TNA then just saying that and keeping it broad. Because before he became the "Samoan Submission Machine" in TNA he was the ass kicking bad ass on the Independents and now after 10 years it looks like Joe may finally be able to go back to the Indies. Here we will take a look at Joe's career before TNA and now after TNA.
Samoa Joe's Career Prior to TNA:
Joe actually started in wrestling as a job guy or unnamed enhancement talent for the WWE's B-Show's in the late 90's, he would actually be an enhancement talent for WWE on and off for three years. Before long Joe signed on with the former WWE Developmental Territory called UPW (Ultimate Pro-Wrestling) while in the company Joe would become the companies longest reigning World Champion ever. He also would be a part of a feud with future WWE mainstay John Cena. Following his departure from UPW he would go on a tour of Japan with the Pro-Wrestling Zero-One Promotion, he would even team with former WWE star Kenji Sakoda while in the company.
By the time the fall of 2002 rolled around Joe returned to the States and joined the new East-Coast wrestling promotion called Ring of Honor. Within less than a year of his arrival in ROH Joe defeated then champion Xavier to win the ROH World Title. Joe would hold the title for a resounding 21 months, while holding the championship Joe would have a series of matches with CM Punk over the summer of 2004 which saw the second match in the three match series get rated 5 stars by Dave Meltzer. (That match was the first match in North American to get a five star rating in Five years.) Joe would go on to lose the championship to Austin Aries at Final Battle 2004. A close second to being the longest reigning World Champion in ROH in my mind would be getting the honor to face Japanese Legend Kenta Kobabshi at the event named after the match...... Joe vs Kenta. This match also received a 5 star rating from Dave Meltzer giving Joe two five star rated matches in the span of a little over a year. On January 31st, 2007, Joe officially announced that as of March 4 he would longer be a full-time wrestler for ROH. In Joe's last match for Ring of Honor he fought his long time rival Homicide and was the victor in the match leaving on top.
Samoa Joe's Career Post TNA:
The fact is Joe just left TNA yesterday, so it would hard to figure that companies would already have him booked for appearances. However, I think after a certain amount of time has passed Joe will have absolutely no problem finding work for Independent companies. I know I said this in the first post about Joe that his leaving TNA is a good thing for both him and TNA; well it's also a good thing for the Independent companies as it gives them a fresh face to book who has been in the limelight for the last 10 years. I also believe that with Joe back on the Indies for the time being it increases the health of Independent wrestling ten fold because of who Joe has become over the last decade. Though he might now be in his mid 30's I think Joe still has a bright future ahead. Joe can end up anywhere right now it's hard to predict, but this is Samoa Joe's fresh start in wrestling.