Samoa Joe recently spoke with the folks from The Tacoma News Tribune for an interview. Featured below are some of the highlights, which feature “The Samoan Submission Machine” addressing Dean Ambrose’s upcoming WWE departure, Daniel Bryan’s new WWE Championship belt, the rise of Becky Lynch and more.
On Dean Ambrose’s WWE departure after WrestleMania 35 in April: “Dean’s a fantastic performer and there’s no doubt about it. Me saying that is like saying the sky is blue. As far as his departure, I think Dean’s the type of cat that he wants to do things that he’s into and if he’s not into what he’s doing at a certain time then he’ll have no problem stepping away and pursuing other things. If that’s the case then cool, more power to him. I think there are so many people who are wrapped up in the needs and wants of wanting to become a WWE Superstar that they forget sometimes there other goals they want to achieve. I think Dean is a goal-oriented person and when he gets a goal in mind he’s going to try and accomplish it, more power to him. He will be missed.”
On the new WWE Championship belt introduced by current title-holder Daniel Bryan: “Daniel’s very, very passionate about the environment and I don’t knock the guy for it. We’ve got a beautiful planet and we should take care of it. That being said, it’s a bit ridiculous and it has more to do with his ego more than anything.”
On Becky Lynch’s recent surge in popularity: “Here’s the difference between Becky Lynch now and Becky Lynch from a few years ago: Becky Lynch finally decided she’s going to believe in herself. She did obviously to a certain extent before but for her, the belief in herself and the belief in her abilities. She goes out there and takes control and it goes back to her just simply believing in herself. She’s always been capable of incredible things and she’s riding this wave better than she could’ve hoped for. She’s tune-in television, the locker room is watching her and so is the world.”
Check out the complete Samoa Joe interview at TheNewsTribune.com.