Samoa Joe

Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe 2017.jpg
Joe in May 2017
Birth nameNuufolau Joel Seanoa[1]
Born (1979-03-17) March 17, 1979 (age 39)[2]
Orange County, California,
United States[3]
ResidenceOrange County, California,
United States[4]
Spouse(s)
Jessica Seanoa (m. 2007)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Joe Seanoa[3]
Joe Seannoa
King Joe[3][5]
Samoa Joe[2]
Billed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[4][6]
Billed weight282 lb (128 kg)[6]
Billed fromHuntington Beach, California[6]
The Isle of Samoa
Trained byCincinnati Red[2]
Johnny Hemp[2]
DebutDecember 1999[2]

Nuufolau Joel Seanoa[1] (born March 17, 1979),[3] better known by his ring name Samoa Joe, is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE and performing on the SmackDown brand.

He was previously best known for his time with promotions Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA, now Impact) and Ring of Honor (ROH).

Joe established himself in ROH from the promotion's beginning in 2002, holding the ROH World Championship for a record 21 months from March 2003 to December 2004. Upon joining TNA in June 2005, he embarked on a 19-month-long undefeated streak, and went on to hold the TNA World Heavyweight Championship once, the TNA X Division Championship five times, the TNA World Tag Team Championship twice, and the TNA Television Championship once; completing the TNA Triple Crown and the TNA Grand Slam.

He also wrestled internationally and on the independent circuit for various promotions, winning several titles, including the GHC Tag Team Championship with Magnus in Pro Wrestling Noah, and he was an inaugural NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Champion with Keiji Sakoda in Pro Wrestling Zero1. He left TNA in February 2015, briefly competing again in ROH and the independent circuit.

Joe officially debuted in WWE's developmental territory NXT in May 2015, and signed a full-time contract with the company in June; he went on to become the first ever two-time NXT Champion, and the co-winner of the inaugural Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic (with Finn Bálor). After joining the Raw main roster in 2017, he headlined the pay-per-view events Extreme Rules, Great Balls of Fire and SummerSlam, in contention for the WWE Universal Championship at the last two.

Early life

Seanoa was born and raised in Orange County, California. He resided mainly in Huntington Beach and spent time during his childhood in ʻEwa Beach, Hawaii. His family founded a Polynesian dance troupe in the United States called Tiare Productions. Seanoa made his stage debut at the 1984 Summer Olympics opening at the age of five. He became a California State Junior Judo Champion and was an all league football player while attending Ocean View High School.[7] Before becoming a wrestler, Seanoa worked as a mortgage broker.[8]

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