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WWE TLC 2011 Results: CM Punk Has Cleared the Path for a Samoa Joe Jump

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15:  CM Punk wrestles Shelton Benjamin during WWE Smackdown at Acer Arena on June 15, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistDecember 20, 2011

With Daniel Bryan and CM Punk at the helm of the ship, the Ring of Honor revolution behind the scenes at WWE is missing one more key piece.

Samoa Joe.

For the last seven years, TNA has had one of the most coveted young stars in the wrestling business in Samoa Joe. While Joe had early success with TNA, his current position with the company is as a midcard contender.

That’s not good enough for one of the most electric performers in the business today.

Since friends and former ROH co-workers Daniel Bryan and CM Punk are at the top of the heap in WWE, the idea of jumping ship and getting buried like WWE did with ECW and WCW workers is not realistic anymore.

When asked about jumping ship to the WWE, Joe told AllWrestling.com about his relationship with TNA and how he views the business:

I’m still with TNA; we have a fantastic financial agreement. The relationship between me and TNA has always been great. I’m the type of person that really lives in the moment. I don’t put too much into trying to build scenarios that are bad. As long as I get an opportunity to wrestle and wrestle great people then I have the greatest job in the world.

Joe sounds extremely loyal right now to TNA, but the lack of a championship push or any semblance of a direction makes the possibility of jumping to WWE to work a program with fellow ROH veterans seem much more obtainable.

Though Joe is probably among the majority of hardcore wrestling fans who feel WWE is only pushing the young group of champions while there is a down time before WrestleMania, there may be more to it this time.

I think that if WWE shows a real dedication to CM Punk and Bryan after they prove they can draw, Samoa Joe would have no choice but to try his hand with WWE.

With all of the ROH talent coming through Florida Championship Wrestling and Superstars now, imagine the matches Joe, Punk and Bryan could have.

Technical wrestling may not be dead.

 

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