Samoa Joe has revealed the surprising reason he enjoys locking in AJ Styles to a tight Coquina Clutch, explaining that the Phenomenal One is most definitely worth it.
Joe has been choking people out in the wrestling ring for as long as he’s been competing in one. His patented Coquina Clutch has seen him win titles in Ring of Honor, TNA, and NXT as he wraps his distinctly unloving arms around the necks of the great and good of pro wrestling.
Now in conversation on the Out Of Character podcast, William Regal’s new enforcer has explained why long-time rival AJ Styles is his favourite opponent to put to sleep.
“I’ll say AJ [Styles] because AJ always has impeccably smelling conditioner in his hair. It’s always very pleasant for me. I get a little lavender, a little lilac with my pain and agony. It’s a rare thing, you don’t get that combination and you can’t buy that in the street. It’s a specialized and happy experience and I get to enjoy it every time I wrap my arms around AJ’s neck. He’s number one. You can’t beat that. Sometimes, the shea butter, I’m not a big fan when he puts that in his hair, it doesn’t have the same scent. When he goes lavender or when he goes to the body shop and gets the good stuff, trust me, it’s a great night for me. When I’m driving home at night, I don’t feel so bad about all the horrible things I did to the people I care about. It’s part of the whole ecosystem that I live in.”
Samoa Joe was then asked if there was one Coquina Clutch that he could pick out as his most memorable. For Joe when the scent of lavender isn’t filling his nostrils while he makes another man go limp, it’s hard to tell one from the other although Joe keeps a special place in his heart for two opponents in particular.
“I usually blackout in an ecstasy-filled rage, so I don’t remember many of them. Anytime I was putting Kurt [Angle] out, that was a special time, and any time I had Brock [Lesnar] locked up. I never quite got him out, but I got him purple. Not a lot of people can make that man purple. I’ll take that.”
Samoa Joe recently revealed that his surprise return to NXT was confirmed on the same day he had earlier been given his release from WWE.