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Samoa Joe on joining NXT, Triple H and his relationship with Vince McMahon

Newly crowned NXT Champion Samoa Joe recently appeared on Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast. Here are the highlights.

On what Triple H’s original vision for him was:

"I think Hunter kind of had a vision for how he wanted things to go. And he realized what he kind of had and wanted to catch a fire with everything and bringing me in to NXT was a big part of that. He knew I could add momentum to the brand and kind of help shift perception from it being a AAA club to being an actual third WWE brand."

On Vince McMahon:

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"Vince is the ultimate poker player and you'll never know [what he thinks of your character]. Oh no, it was 'very nice to meet you' and then it's like this coy smile where he's like, 'very nice to meet you', but on the other side it's like, 'pfft, you ain't s--t'. I couldn't tell, man. I've been at the table with some really great poker players. I'm sure Vince McMahon is a hell of a poker player."

You can listen to the podcast here.