When asked about why he wasn't yet won a world title in WWE, Samoa Joe had an interesting response that would shock almost any wrestling fan.
Joe spoke with the Gorilla Position podcast and during the interview was asked if he believed he would ever be a WWE World Champion. A straight-to-the-point question which was also poignant considering Joe is often seen as the most dangerous WWE Superstar to never have won a World Title. Joe said "absolutely" and then when asked why he believed it hadn't happened yet, Joe said, "Racism."
It was a shocking response that was followed up by a hefty laugh as Joe was kidding. He then explained that he felt he needed to answer that way because Joe was aware some fans would be on the edge of their seats waiting to see if Joe "would admit it". "I had to say that because I know some fans will say 'we knew it, we knew it.', Joe explained.
In reality, Joe said it's all just about timing. He's confident he'll get a run with the belt but it simply hasn't happened yet and that he's overcome greater odds in his wrestling career. He also admitted that personally, he wants to win a title because it's important for his legacy as a professional wrestler.
What This Means
Joe seems to enjoy the business whether he ultimately wins a title or not. That said, he's not shy about saying that winning a world title is important for any wrestler, especially someone like himself who has been grinding away for so many years.
"For my legacy and for what the fans who have followed me throughout my career, it's very important. For me personally, I find a great amount of enjoyment in what I do. I'm able to do what I do around the world, this is my dream job and I love it."
If nothing else, Joe has earned a run with a world title. He's among the best in the business on the mic and he's paid his dues and then some. For Joe, his next chance to work towards a shot at the championship will be as one of the 16 men entered into the King of the Ring tournament that starts this Monday on Raw.