The two men will fight forever.
Samoa Joe and AJ Styles' careers have been synonymous with one another seeing as how they both were focal points in TNA and rose to the top of the mountain at similar times. Over the years the two men ended up in the same locker rooms and encountered each other as their careers progressed and both found their individual success. Samoa Joe is now three years into his WWE run and AJ is two years into his and now they both are a part of the SmackDown Live brand. Joe wasted no time putting AJ Styles on notice confronting him about the WWE Championship on a recent edition of the show and while WWE was touring the U.K. Sky Sports spoke with Samoa Joe to grab his thoughts on AJ Styles.
"I relish any chance to punch AJ Styles in the face." He said. "Because he’s a man I respect greatly, and I find that I wanna punch people in the face that I respect greatly." Joe continued, "Yeah similar, diverging paths, different places different times. But yeah I mean, and I say this about a lot of people; I’ve stared across the locker room and I’ve seen the same individuals throughout several companies in my entire life [and] it doesn’t surprise me to see them here in WWE."
"The Destroyer" tallied up fifteen years in the business before he entered the WWE walls. In May of 2015 Joe made his presence felt in his NXT debut as he interrupted the main event of TakeOver: Unstoppable. Joe was asked if there were times when he thought about giving up the WWE dream and he shared that there were times when he had those thoughts but when he became unhappy in the company he was with it was time to find that happiness elsewhere.
"Yeah, I mean, obviously we're [AJ Styles] happy in the companies we were with at the time, but when the time came up that we weren’t happy there, we found ourselves happy in the WWE. So, yeah, its just funny how life works." Joe said.
Throughout Samoa Joe's three years in the WWE he has held the NXT Championship twice, won the 'Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic' tournament, took the fight to Brock Lesnar and came close to winning the WWE Universal Title and now has his sights set on the WWE Championship. Joe went on to speak about if his run in WWE has been what he expected.
"Yeah, its been… its actually been a little bit less in the sense. Obviously, [there] were the people who come from here and may have had a bad experience, or may have had a different go here which is… its very different for everybody. But for us its been very, very rewarding."