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Samoa Joe Should Defend His ROH Television Strap In These 3 Brutal Matches

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October 1st, the year was 2005, and the venue was the New Yorker Hotel Ballroom. Chants of “This is awesome! This is awesome!” echoed loudly throughout the ballroom. I was there! No, wait, I wasn’t there. I wish I would have been there. If I can remember that far back, I was probably having one of my final amateur boxing fights that night before trying to turn pro. Anyway, my point is that the rabid fans in the New Yorker Hotel Ballroom that night knew they were being treated to something special, pure, something rare. Samoa Joe vs Kenta Kobashi was fucking brilliant. They beat the shit out of each other in a wrestling fan’s wet dream come to life. If you have never seen this match, you need to, and if you have, well, then you need to go watch it again.

So here we are, seventeen years later, 2022. Now that Samoa Joe is unchained from the commentary table at NXT and back in the ring wrestling at AEW, is All Elite Wrestling capable of booking him a match that can live up to his battle with Kobashi? The short answer is probably not, but the hopeful answer is maybe. To be fair, AEW has put the ROH Television belt on Joe, so it looks like they will be using him as their go-to guy to bring ROH into the mix on Dynamite and Rampage. As Television Champion, he should be defending the strap weekly, just like they did back in the old days on Sunday mornings on Midsouth Wrestling.

The fans seem to be really happy to have Samoa back, he’s getting a good pop. I know one thing, as a wrestling fan, I do not want to see a legend like Samoa Joe defending the ROH Television title against random giant basketball player. I want to see him having classic matches with balls-to-the-wall legit wrestlers who deserve a title shot. If I were booking at AEW, here are the three ROH Television Title defense matches I would be booking for Samoa Joe.

Samoa Joe vs John Silver: Exploding Barbed Wire Match

John Silver is probably one of the best all-around wrestlers on AEW’s roster. He is great at promos, a beast in the ring, and he’s just an all-around likable dude. AEW, unfortunately, has either no interest or no clue what to do with Silver. It should have been obvious to the AEW writers what to do with John Silver after Mr. Brody Lee’s untimely death. John Silver should have been made the leader of Dark Order, and the faction should have been brought back into top billing. Hopefully that eventually happens, but I won’t hold my breath.

John Silver has yet to have a legendary match that he’ll be remembered for. I would book Samoa Joe vs John Silver in an exploding barbed wire match for the ROH Television strap. Unlike the Moxley vs Omega non-exploding debacle, there would be tons of explosions. I can just see the smile on Silver’s face now, as Samoa Joe tosses him effortlessly into a sheet of plywood loaded with barbed wire and explosives. Silver would be smiling with joy as shit blew up in his face, lots of it, joy that is. Afterall, AEW owes the fans a real exploding match that doesn’t fizzle out at what is supposed to be the grand finale. Would Samoa Joe retain the ROH TV title? Probably, but it’d be a good time for the old guy to put over the younger guy.

Samoa Joe vs Lance Archer: Dog Collar Match

Lance Archer is another guy that AEW is failing miserably with. I mean come on; the dude has Jake the Snake Roberts as his manager. You have one of the greatest to ever do a promo with one of your most beastly wrestlers, and you don’t have him in a main story line?

There’s not much to say, other than this would be a fucking epic brawl. Samoa Joe and Lance Archer chained up to each other in a thirty-minute dog collar match would be pure chaos. If I booked it, Lance Archer would be the new ROH TV Champion. If Tony Kahn booked it, Samoa Joe would win, and we wouldn’t see Archer again for weeks like usual. There would definitely be an ambulance ride to the ER afterwards for at least one of them. Book this match now Tony Kahn, please, for the love of Mr. Brody Lee, book it now!

Samoa Joe vs Darby Allin: I Quit, Stadium Stampede Match

Everyone loves Darby Allin, don’t they? I assume they do. At first, I thought he was just some stupid skinny kid with a lame makeup wearing skateboarder gimmick. As a skateboarder myself, I questioned whether Darby even really knew how to skate, much less wrestle. After watching a few matches, I quickly realized that the dude is very talented, and tough as balls. The little thrasher is crazy, I love him, he’s fearless. I love that he’s really good at being thrown down a flight of concrete steps into the concourse, and I love when he does a coffin dive through a coffin onto his opponent.

Imagine Darby Allin and Samoa Joe in an I quit match. Better yet, the I Quit match takes place in the stadium stampede setting. Darby and Joe brawling throughout a variety of locations in a stadium, wreaking havoc on each other, it would for sure be a glorious blood bath. I don’t believe the fight would end with either man saying, “I quit” either. Both men would rather go unconscious in a pool of their own blood in front of the Dippin Dots on the concourse than to quit. I hate to pick a winner in this one, but I feel Darby would look great with the ROH TV strap around his waist.

What Match Would You Book Samoa Joe In AEW?

Are you happy to see Samoa Joe back in action? Who do you want to see him wrestle in AEW, and what type of matches? Who do you think has the potential to have an epic Kobashi’esque match with Samoa Joe?

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