Samoa Joe's WrestleMania Opponent Revealed
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Tuesday night on Smackdown Live, the United-States Championship match was made official for WrestleMania. During a backstage interview segment with Kayla Braxton, Rey Mysterio made the announcement that he’ll be challenging Samoa Joe for the US title at the biggest show of the year.
The US title has been the only championship Mysterio hasn’t won in his legendary career; he’s won the World Heavyweight Championship, WWE Championship, Intercontinental Championship, Cruiserweight Championship, Tag Team Championship, and was also a Royal Rumble winner in 2006.
It’s interesting to note that Samoa Joe will be competing in his first WrestleMania match when he defends his title against Mysterio. Joe hasn’t had the best of luck the last couple years as he debuted prior to WrestleMania 33, which didn’t really give WWE time to put him into a feud and missed last year’s WrestleMania event due to injury. This will surely be a great moment for Joe win or lose because he will finally have the opportunity to enter WrestleMania as a champion and perform on the company’s biggest show against a legend in Mysterio.
Mysterio has had many memorable moments at WrestleMania over the years. In 2005, Mysterio defeated his tag team partner and friend Eddie Guerrero in the opening match of WrestleMania 21 and one year later, Mysterio dedicated his Royal Rumble win to Guerrero and would then capture the World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Randy Orton and champion Kurt Angle in a triple threat match at WrestleMania 22.
In December, I had reported on BarnBurner’s No Holds Barred wrestling show that sources indicated that Rey Mysterio was penciled in for a United-States Championship match at WrestleMania, but WWE had not yet decided who he’d be challenging for the title. The three names being talked about at the time were then-champion Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe, and Andrade. After months of great back-and-forth matches, it looked as though it would be Andrade walking into WrestleMania as the champion however during a fatal-four-way match on Smackdown, Samoa Joe defeated champion R-Truth, Andrade, and Rey Mysterio to become the new champion.
Rey Mysterio has looked like he hasn’t lost a step since returning to WWE as an active member of the roster in October, so it’ll be interesting to see what the master of the 6-1-9 has in store for Samoa Joe at WrestleMania.
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