On the most recent episode of AEW Dynamite, legendary veteran Samoa Joe made his official in-ring debut against Max Caster in the Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament. Joe won his first All Elite Wrestling match by pinfalling Caster with his signature Muscle Buster.
Even before match began, Max Caster makes his appearance with teammate Anthony Bowens and rapped about Joe. He cited Joe’s injury record and the fact that he was the NXT Champion while AEW was outperforming them in head-to-head rankings.
Joe made his ROH debut this past Friday at Supercard of Honor XV, and Khan revealed after the show that Joe is Now all Elite. Khan, the new owner of ROH, has revealed that Joe has entered a deal to contend in both AEW and ROH. He mentioned Joe’s arrival at the perfect time for AEW on an episode of Busted Open Radio this morning.
Khan stated, “We signed Samoa Joe to wrestle.” He’s going to bring star power to AEW, and he’s arrived just in time. We’re very enthusiastic for someone like him to make his AEW debut on Dynamite against Max Caster in the first round of the Owen Hart Tournament.
Earlier, Samoa Joe and Jay Lethal had a tense rivalry.
Because as former student-teacher duo revisits their rivalry, Samoa Joe and Jay Lethal have no love lost for each other. Around 2005 and 2006, they confronted each other several times in Ring of Honor. One example is the ROH Pure Championship’s “Manhattan Mayhem” event in New York City. On May 7, 2005, the Samoan Submission Machine defeated his then-on-screen protege, Lethal, and become the 5th Pure Champion.
Lethal and Joe had a few thrilling TNA matches in 2007. (now Impact Wrestling). On the July 12 episode, the Samoan Submission Machine defeated Black Machismo and Chris Sabin to win the X Division title. After all of these decades, Joe and Lethal’s rivalry will take a new twist in AEW. Fans can look for another chapter in their brilliant feud when they meet next week.