WWE/SAMOA JOE: WWE's Samoa Joe talks Memphis wrestling history, reveals favorite BBQ spot (WMC TV)

Posted on 6/13/118 by Mike Informer

WWE's Samoa Joe talks Memphis wrestling history, reveals
favorite BBQ spot

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Ahead of Tuesday night's SmackDown Live
at FedExForum, the WWE's top stars took to Memphis.

Samoa Joe visited the WMC Action News 5 studio to chat with
Andrew Douglas about the long history of Memphis wrestling,
his favorite barbecue spot, and to teach a WMC digital
producer a lesson.

"When you talk about great wrestling towns in the history of
the world, I think Memphis kind of shoots up there into the
top 3, if not the top two," Joe said.

As for what to expect at the next chapter of Memphis's
lengthy history with WWE?

"I'm definitely beating somebody up tonight so that's like
probably the highlight of the evening," Joe said.

SmackDown Live is one of two premiere WWE events that travel
across the country, and when they make a stop in Memphis,
Joe knows where to go.

"I'm a traditionalist," he said. "I do like Rendezvous;
that's my spot out here, and I know it's a very contested
debate who has the best BBQ in town. That's kind of my spot
and you'll catch me cruising down Beale Street dropping into
places here and there and checking out the local scene."

Samoa Joe is one of WWE's top rising stars and showed off
his brute strength at the expense of WMC digital producer
Jacob with his signature Coquina Clutch chokehold.

"We encourage nobody to ever do this at home," he said with
his hands around Jacob's neck. "We are always very, very
trained professionals. We know how to meter things and take
care of people right, We don't want you to get hurt; we're
just good old civilians."

While he showed off his moves, Joe also showed respect to
the rich history of wrestling at the WMC studio.

"We're kind of sitting on hallowed ground," Joe said. "This
being the original studio where a lot of Memphis wrestling
went down, and I think we like to come to towns like this,
especially leading into bigger shows, the crowds here have a
lot more energy they're very, very opinionated and usually
makes for some wild TV."

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