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Former NBA Star Makes Shock AEW Debut, Attacks Samoa Joe

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A former NBA star has stunned fans by making a surprise AEW debut on Dynamite, launching a vicious attack on Samoa Joe!

On what should have been a night of celebration for Samoa Joe, his happiness and sense of achievement were cruelly snatched away.

In the main event of the April 13th episode of AEW Dynamite, Samoa Joe went to war with Minoru Suzuki for the Ring of Honor World Television Championship. Heading into the bout, Suzuki had promised that there would be pain, and the Japanese legend certainly delivered.

Suzuki and Joe spent much of the match trading strikes that would make the hardest of hardmen wince. However, it was eventually Joe who scored the win with the Muscle Buster, winning the ROH World TV Title for the first time. But the drama didn’t stop there.

The previous week Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt had said they had a big surprise waiting for Joe. After the match, the pair mocked the new champion before the lights went out in the arena. When they came back on, Joe was flattened by former NBA star Satnam Singh.

The three men then delivered a savage beatdown with Singh trapping Joe’s head in a Vice Grip before Lethal delivered the Lethal Injection. The three men posed over Samoa Joe’s broken body as the show went off the air.

Satnam Singh signed with AEW in September 2021, before being trained at the Nightmare Factory. Singh holds the distinction of being the first-ever NBA-drafted player to come from India.

The 7’3″ giant was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks back in 2015 and played for their affiliate, the Texas Legends. In 2016, Singh was the star of a Netflix documentary, ‘One in a Billion’ which followed his journey from a rural farming village in India to being drafted by the NBA.

At the time of his signing, AEW President Tony Khan described the move as an “exciting addition to our roster.”