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Nuufolau Joel Seanoa
BornMarch 17, 1979
FromOrange County, California

Professional wrestling career

Ring NameSamoa Joe
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight280 lbs (130 kg)
BilledThe Isle of Samoa
Debuted2000


Nuufolau Joel Seanoa (March 17, 1979) is a American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Samoa Joe, who is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment.

WWE (2000-2001)

Samoa Joe quickly signed with former World Wrestling Federation developmental affiliate Ultimate Pro Wrestling, where he feuded with his friend John Cena and made an appearance on WWF Jakked against Essa Rios.

WWE

NXT (2015–present)

On May 20, 2015, at NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable, Joe made his debut as a face, during the main event after stopping Kevin Owens from attacking an injured Sami Zayn with a steel chair, before sharing a stare-down with Owens. While initially Joe was allowed to also continue working outside WWE, on June 1, it was reported that WWE had decided to sign him to a full-time deal due to his impressive merchandise sales. Joe made his in-ring debut on the June 10 episode of NXT, defeating Scott Dawson. After weeks of tension between Joe and Kevin Owens, the two fought on the June 17 episode of NXT. After the match went to a no-contest, the two would continue to brawl until they had to be separated. Joe defeated Baron Corbin at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn. On August 25, Joe teamed with Finn Bálor in a dark match before Smackdown defeating the The Lucha Dragons, which was a first round match in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament. On the September 30 episode of NXT, Joe and Finn Bálor defeated the team of Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady to move onto the semi finals of the tournament. On the October 7 at NXT TakeOver: Respect, Joe and Bálor first defeated The Mechanics (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) in the semifinals and then Baron Corbin and Rhyno in the finals to win the tournament. On the November 4 episode of NXT, Joe attacked Finn Bálor during Bálor's match against Apollo Crews, turning heel in the process.

On the November 11 episode of NXT, it was explained that Samoa Joe was not granted an NXT title shot against Bálor despite his verbal commitment, before Joe choked him out cold. At NXT Takeover: London, on December 16, Joe was unsuccessful in his NXT championship match against Bálor. On the January 13, 2016 edition of NXT, Joe challenged Corbin and the returning Zayn to a #1 contender match. This occurred on the January 27 episode, but the result was a no contest when Corbin appeared to tap out to both opponents at the same time. Joe and Zayn then had a #1 contender rematch on the February 17 episode which resulted in a double pin draw, which led to a two out of three falls match on the March 9 episode. Joe won this contest two falls to one and earned another NXT title match against Bálor at NXT TakeOver: Dallas on April 1 as part of the weekend of WrestleMania 32. At NXT TakeOver: Dallas, Joe was unsuccessful in winning the NXT title against Bálor, after receiving a large laceration to his right cheek minutes into the match. On April 21, Joe defeated Bálor at a live event to become the NXT Champion.

In Wrestling

  • Finishing Moves
  • C.C.S. Enzuigiri (Jumping twisting enzuigiri while facing away from the opponent) – Independent circuit
  • Chimera–Plex (German suplex followed into a dragon suplex and finished with an X–Plex) – Independent circuit
  • Coquina Clutch The Choke (Independent circuit) (Rear naked choke)
  • Island Driver (Sitout side powerslam, sometimes from the middle rope, or a side reverse piledriver)
  • Muscle Buster, sometimes from the second rope
  • Chop to the back followed by a football kick to the chest and finished with a jumping knee drop
  • Death Valley driver
  • Facewash
  • Inverted atomic drop followed by a running single leg dropkick and finished with a running senton
  • Multiple backhand chops
  • Multiple stiff kicks
  • Multiple suplex variations
    • Belly to belly
    • Exploder
    • German
  • Olé Kick (Running arched big boot to the face of an opponent seated on a chair next to a guardrail)
  • Powerbomb followed either into a prawn hold, a thigh–held single leg Boston crab, Cossface hold, or an STF
  • Samoan drop
  • Snap scoop powerslam followed into a cover attempt or sometimes into a crucifix armbar
  • Sidewalk slam
  • STJoe (Standing one–armed side slam, as a counter to a running attack most often in the corner)
  • Nicknames
  • "Submission Speciallist" (WWE)
  • Theme Music
  • "Destroyer" by CFO$ (NXT; July 29, 2015 – present)

Championships and accomplishments

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