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Don’t ever shake hands with Samoa Joe

WWE championship match

Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Samoa Joe

Kofi Kingston exemplifies what it means to be a fighting champion. He has taken advantage of the Wild Card rule to become a workhorse on both Raw and SmackDown, while spending most of his reign as WWE Champion fending off challenges from Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler.

But a new threat emerged on the June 24 episode of Raw. Samoa Joe attacked Kingston from behind and ultimately choked him out with the Coquina Clutch.

One week later, Kingston’s streak of 20+ consecutive televised wins came to a sudden halt when Joe put him to sleep in a tag team match.

The following night on SmackDown, Joe confidently spoke about how Kofi pretends to be everybody’s friend, but the truth is he’s just using them. Joe then attempted to prove he was right about Kofi by offering him a handshake. If Kofi shook his hand and acknowledged that Joe was going to be the next WWE Champion, then Joe would guarantee the safety of all those who Kofi holds dear.

Kofi defiantly responded by flipping Joe off and knocking him out with Trouble in Paradise.

Joe reacted to this act by stating it proved he was right about Kingston. If Kofi really cared about anybody besides himself, then he would have accepted Joe’s handshake and guaranteed their safety. But Kofi didn’t do that, because he’s a hustler and fooling everybody with his lies. For his part, Kofi seems unaffected by Joe’s accusation and simply plans to use Joe as a stepping stone on his path to becoming the greatest WWE Champion of all-time.

This storyline hasn’t developed enough to feel like a firm conclusion will take place at Extreme Rules. Win or lose, it seems clear that Joe’s long-term plan is to create doubt about Kofi’s true intentions in the minds of his closest allies.

Find out which man walks out with the gold by tuning into Extreme Rules and keeping it right here at Cageside Seats!


Who will win?

This poll is closed

  • 73%
    Kofi Kingston
    (170 votes)
  • 26%
    Samoa Joe
    (62 votes)
232 votes total Vote Now