From the time we learned Samoa Joe would challenge Minoru Suzuki for the Ring of Honor Television title on the April 13 AEW Dynamite, we were bracing ourselves for violence.
After the chop-fest first several minutes of Murder Grandpa vs. The Samoan Submission Machine, it seemed like time well spent.
Their offense expanded beyond chops and other strikes though, as each man went for holds and submissions throughout. It was a Joe Muscle Buster that ended, and gave the veteran the one ROH singles title which had escaped him throughout his career.
The night wasn’t over. AEW didn’t use much of the overrun TBS gave them, but they used a few minutes of it to continue Joe’s feud with his old Ring of Honor mates Jay Lethal & Sonjay Dutt. The duo promised him a present, and that turned out to be Satnam Singh, a seven footer (7’ 3”, actually) who was the first Indian drafted into NBA back in 2015. He signed with AEW last year, and tonight he crushed Samoa Joe’s head.
Congrats Joe... hope you enjoy the next few months dealing with your old pals and their giant new friend.
Get complete results and coverage of everything that happened on tonight’s Dynamite here.