AEW star Samoa Joe is known for being a part of some of the most iconic moments in IMPACT Wrestling history. One of those was him being the target of the legendary "Steiner Math" promo cut by WWE Hall of Famer Scott Steiner.
For those unaware of the segment, Big Poppa Pump cut an iconic promo in the build-up to the 2008 Sacrifice pay-per-view. Scott broke down the math to reveal that Joe had only an eight-and-a-third chance of winning, while Steiner had a one-hundred, forty-one-and-a-third chance of coming out as the victor.
On the most recent edition of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Samoa opened up about trying to maintain his composure as he witnessed the interview from behind the camera.
"So I tell people I was standing behind the camera as like Scott [Steiner] was kind of like free forming it in his head, and I remember kind of-you know he did an earlier take and you know he was kind of getting the idea. And then like, I think it was like the second one he just went-I was visibly behind the camera just trying to hold myself together. When it all got done I just looked at Scott and was like ‘I think that was the one." (1:27-1:50)
Despite the odds stacked against him, the Samoan Submission Machine would successfully retain his TNA World Championship against Steiner and Frankie Kazarian (then known as Kaz) in a triple threat match.
Samoa Joe and Scott Steiner would be allies shortly after
Just over a year after beating the odds at Sacrifice, Samoa Joe would join Steiner, Kurt Angle, Sting, and Kevin Nash in the "Main Event Mafia" stable.
Joe even brought current AEW broadcaster Taz into the group as his advisor for a brief period. However, the faction disbanded just four months after Samoa's inclusion.
Joe and Scott Steiner captured gold as part of the group in 2009 as the latter teamed up with Booker T to win the TNA Tag Team Championship in July. Meanwhile, the AEW star won the TNA X Division Championship from Homicide in August.
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