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Re: Why didn't Samoa Joe become huge?
They ruined Joe the moment Angle came in and beat him...
Angle vs Joe was a match people were salivating at the idea of. The match should not have happen at Genesis 2006, and Joe shouldn't have lost.
How much more would it have meant if they had build the match up for BFG 2007, a full year after joining TNA, Angle is the TNA World Champion. Joe wins a tournament to become the number 1 contender.
Joe goes on to beat Angle at BFG 2007 while still being undefeated.
THEN Joe could have been huge, but to give him the title almost a year and a half after he lost to Angle and killed his momentum was useless at that point, he wasn't the unstoppable monster anymore.
And of course the Nation of Violence Joe, and MEM Joe didn't help.