"When he grabbed Lesnar, it was believable" – Ric Flair on underrated WWE star

Samoa Joe has mixed it up with Brock Lesnar in WWE
Samoa Joe has mixed it up with Brock Lesnar in WWE

WWE Legend Ric Flair thinks highly of Samoa Joe and believes the former NXT Champion is talented and tough.

Joe and Flair worked together on TNA/IMPACT Wrestling. The Nature Boy was with TNA for two years between 2010 and 2012 after his WWE contract expired.

Ric Flair, on his Wooooo Nation Uncensored podcast, praised Samoa Joe, saying he felt like a legitimate opponent to Brock Lesnar when the two feuded:

"I like Joe a lot. I got a lot of time for him. I think he's good on the mic. He's one of the few guys that, when he grabbed Lesnar, it was believable. Going back to what I said last week, those Samoan kids are not only tough, they can all work – and they're tough kids."

Flair admitted he didn't know the kind of injury Samoa Joe had, but appreciated his talent. He revealed that they've talked, and that he enjoys being around Samoa Joe, who is a nice guy in his opinion.

The Nature Boy also joked he's glad he didn't wrestle Joe as he wouldn't have been able to handle a "big guy" like Joe, especially at his age.

Samoa Joe's current WWE status

Samoa Joe hasn't been on WWE television since his NXT Championship match against Karrion Kross back in September. Joe defeated Karrion Kross to win the title but had to relinquish it a few weeks later owing to an injury.

It was later revealed that the decision to strip him of the title was due to not being medically cleared.

Following his return to WWE earlier this year, Joe has also been given a backstage role in the talent scouting department.

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