At WWE’s ‘Great Balls of Fire’ PPV event, Samoa Joe squared off against WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar.
Lesnar, WWEs “monster”, who is usually booked as a dominant and physically superior beast, and Samoa Joe surprised many fans with a very even and physically intense match that saw Samoa Joe in control for most of it.
As Samoa Joe prepares to compete for the Universal Championship at SummerSlam in a Fatal Four-Way match against Lesnar, Roman Reigns, and Braun Strowman, he spoke about his encounter with Lesnar.
“Aside from the result, it was every bit the physical encounter I expected it to be” Joe said in an interview with The Mirror .
“Brock is one of those special athletes, so everything in the ring is elevated to another level with him. I’m a very intense individual and I have no qualms in saying he definitely lives up to his hype as a very intense individual too. It was furious. It definitely lived up to the experience I thought it would be.”
Joe liked the way the match was booked, although the outcome wasn’t in his favor, and also complimented Lesnar for his business acumen.
“Yeah and it’s also because Brock sees it that way” Joe stated.
“He knows what I’m capable of and what I can do in the ring. I think there is this false assumption that he’s really tone-deaf to the rest of the world, when really he’s probably, from what I’ve seen of how he has conducted himself, he is probably one of the most savvy businessmen in our industry, if not all combat sports.
So he knew what he was getting into, who he was doing it with, and he understood the magnitude of what was going to go down and what kind of threat I presented to him. I think him being convinced if anything was what kind of lent more fire and hyper meaning to the match.”