Samoa Joe is returning to Ring of Honor on June 20, 2015 in New York City for their television tapings. Joe will team with AJ Styles to face ROH Tag Team Champions Christopher Daniels & Kazarian.
Below is the official press release:
Ring of Honor returns to Terminal 5 in New York City - and to pay-per-view - on June 19th for BEST IN THE WORLD! This is a can't-miss event headlined by the "Battle of the Belts" between ROH World Champion Jay Briscoe and ROH World Television Champion Jay Lethal. But the very next night, the stars of Ring of Honor will be BACK at Terminal 5 on the first stop of the AFTERSHOCK tour!
The entire landscape of ROH is guaranteed to change on June 19th - new number one contenders, possible new champions, and a lot of new hostility. And all of that will spill over into June 20th! Nigel McGuinness will no doubt have his hands full sorting through the fallout from BEST IN THE WORLD. But until then he's been busy signing matches NO ONE expected to happen, and today he wants to announce to the world what he's lined up for June 20th...
- THE ADDICTION (CHRISTOPHER DANIELS & FRANKIE KAZARIAN) vs. AJ STYLES & SAMOA JOE
This is the definition of a DREAM MATCH! That distinction gets thrown around perhaps too often, but in this situation there is simply no other way to describe it. The four men battling against each other on June 20th represent so much history and competition, not just in Ring of Honor but in all of professional wrestling. And, of course, The Addiction are the current ROH World Tag Team Champions. We have confirmed that as of now no titles will be on the line for this contest...meaning the stakes are even higher with respect and honor hanging in the balance!
The long, competitive history between AJ Styles and Samoa Joe could fill an entire volume of professional wrestling history. These two giants of the sport have spent over a decade trying to outdo each other and there is no doubt that rivalry remains heated even as they are set to team up on June 20th. Currently, AJ Styles is at the absolute top of his game, the current IWGP Heavyweight Champion who many unequivocally name the absolute best in the world. But Samoa Joe's return to his roots has made him the hottest, most in demand athlete in the sport. These are two men who just keep getting better. Is there any way to stop the team of AJ Styles and Samoa Joe?
As the self-styled "World Tag Team Champions of the World," The Addiction are THE team to beat in Ring of Honor. While this may be a non-title contest, The Addiction are more than happy to point out that their long tenure as partners puts them at an advantage over virtually any other team, and now they've memorialized their superiority in gold. On top of that, these competitors have a long history with each other, particularly Daniels and Styles - no matter the time or the place, The Fallen Angel and The Phenomenal AJ Styles have always been linked. They have been partners and rivals... and on June 20th they compete against each other one more time!
Styles & Joe are not being considered for a championship match due to the questionable stability of the team. But The Addiction, although claiming to be defending ROH Tag Team Champions, have not offered to put the titles on the line. Will The Addiction speak up? Will The Addiction even be the champions once June 20th rolls around?
This DREAM MATCH is just one bout signed for this huge event in New York City. Plus, our television cameras will be rolling as the entire night is filmed for future episodes of ROH TV! Don't miss your chance to feel the AFTERSHOCK on June 20th! To get your tickets before they sell out, click HERE!
Signed to appear...
National TV Taping
Saturday, June 20th, 2015
610 West 56th Street - New York, NY
Doors open 5:30pm - Bell time 7:00pm
Joe’s deal with WWE is unique, to say the least. While it’s similar to what we’ve seen with Rhyno and Brian Kendrick in that he’s allowed to work independent dates in addition to working on the WWE NXT brand, he also has an agreement for WWE-themed Samoa Joe merchandise.
The deal is described as somewhat of a hybrid, which is what Joe alluded to on Twitter:
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Joe has been in the media since making his WWE NXT debut, discussing his departure from TNA Wrestling. Joe has stated he’s not unhappy with his decision to leave TNA but he’s unhappy he didn’t get to finish the way he wanted to there.
As for Joe being an NXT talent, he's part of NXT the brand, not as a developmental prospect. Obviously Joe doesn't need any seasoning but is a perfect fit for WWE's new secondary brand.