Welcome back to Wrestling Re-Booking, where I take some popular storylines and put my own spin on them, because it’s always fun to wonder what if.
Today, we head to a different company in Total Nonstop Action. Yes, TNA was once a great company before a few missteps. One of the things they did right was Samoa Joe.
The Samoan Submission Machine became TNA’s answer to Goldberg and had an undefeated streak of 18 months. During that span, he became the X-Division champion by taking it from AJ Styles at December 2005’s Turning Point.
His list of victories included Christopher Daniels, Jeff Jarrett and Jushin “Thunder” Liger. In the end, it was Kurt Angle who ended Joe’s streak at 2006’s Genesis.
The one thing that bothered me about the streak was the victory over Jarrett. It was a non-title bout headlining a PPV. Why didn’t they just make Joe champion at that point?
Well, this is where I rewrite the script and put Joe’s undefeated streak in the driver’s seat.
Let’s head back to No Surrender in 2005. Forget about the lumberjack gimmick and make the match a world title bout: Jeff Jarrett vs. Samoa Joe for the NWA World Heavyweight Title.
I would have Joe win by disqualification this time, all thanks to Sting. Have Sting inadvertently hit Joe with the baseball bat, Jarrett retains and now you have a three-man feud.
Bound for Glory is up next, and Kurt Angle will make his debut as the special enforcer for the main event. That will be Jarrett vs. Joe vs. Sting for the NWA title. Joe beats Jarrett and becomes champion.
This leads us to a proper singles match at Genesis. It won’t be Joe vs. Angle, although you want to keep that heat on for a later date. Genesis will have Angle take on Sting in his first match instead of Joe, and Joe will defend against Jarrett for the title. Both Joe and Angle win their respective bouts via submission. Therefore, Joe’s reign continues as well as his undefeated streak.
We then head to Turning Point, where Angle doesn’t face Joe one-on-one yet. Instead, we’ll have a Fatal-4-Way match for Joe’s NWA title. Joe successfully defends against Jarrett, Angle and Sting by pinning Sting.
This leads us to Final Resolution, where we’ll finally have Joe vs. Angle in a singles bout. It plays out like their bout at Genesis but this time, Joe defeats Angle by submission.
Angle wants a rematch, and he’s granted one by Joe himself. Joe decides to up the ante by making this bout a submission match.
At Against All Odds, Joe faces Angle in a 30-minute submission match. We head to overtime at three notches apiece. Joe puts Angle in the Coquina Clutch and makes Angle pass out. Joe wins, but Angle doesn’t tap out.
Give Angle a break to recover from the bout, while Joe continues his reign at Destination X. I would have Joe take on Christian Cage (also known as WWE’s Christian) in a throwaway bout with Joe retaining.
This sets us up for Lockdown. Kurt Angle returns and wants one more match. This is where Joe cleans house with everyone. Jarrett, Sting, Cage, Abyss all fall victim to Angle. That’s when Joe steps in and wants Angle to end his career once and for all. Management has no choice but to put the two men at Lockdown for Joe’s NWA World Title. And in that match, Angle overcomes all and beats Joe with three Angle Slams to become your new world champion.
We extend Joe’s streak to 23 months instead of 18 and add more significance by adding the NWA World Title to his resume. This also makes Angle more sympathetic as a fighter worthy of ending Joe’s streak while making their rivalry more meaningful instead of just random events.
Samoa Joe should have won the NWA World Title. Had they taken this route, Joe’s name would have become bigger than it is today.
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