Samoa Joe Speaks On His New Gimmick, & More

Samoa Joe was interviewed by ESPN’s video game website at this link. Highlights from the interview included:

His New Look: “You know what, it’s really just an extension of the character. That’s the great thing about pro wrestling as you can take a persona you have and really keep pushing and pushing it as there really are no boundaries, no lines. It’s just a continuation of my character. Where people knew me as a really aggressive person, now I’m over-the-top aggressive. We’ll see how far I can push it.”

The First TNA Videogame: “Honestly, it just didn’t turn out the way we wanted. It was a good start, but basically you need to realize that game making is a financial process and the time for the game’s development really got cut. Two or three months got cut out of the time frame just because Midway needed to get the game out. It had already been delayed a couple of times and they were working with brand new technology and it was the first next-gen wrestling game that they had ever done at Midway. I’m happy to report, though, that we just got done doing another motion-capture session and another brainstorming session and we saw a mockup of “TNA 2″ and it really looks fantastic. They put a lot of the features that fans wanted to see in the game, and a lot of things that the first game was really missing. I think fans are going to be pleasantly surprised.”

MMA Influence in Wrestling: “I think more aspects of MMA are going to infiltrate pro wrestling, but at the end of the day, pro wrestling is pro wrestling. In my opinion, people tune in to see these over the top fight scenarios with these fantastic moves that you will never see in MMA unless some mixed martial artist is half-assed crazy. And while a lot of people see that match as MMA, I see it more as a throwback to what pro wrestling used to be. It used to be a real gritty, mat-based, beat ’em up type of sport and we wanted to bring that back.”

The Nation of Violence: “Honestly, like any job in America, I’m paid to translate what is given to me and do it to the best of my ability. I think that is something that a lot of pro wrestling fans don’t realize. They get so caught up thinking that these big pro wrestlers, we walk in and tell people what we want to do, but the best pro wrestlers in the world, they went in and were given something and they took it and made it their own. That’s where my input comes in. Once I’m given something, it’s my responsibility to take it and translate it and make it work in the ring. That’s the mindset I’ve always taken with this business — I’m paid very well to go out there and do the best I can do with what I’m given. Nation of Violence, that name was my idea. They had a couple of other ideas, and I can’t even remember the names, but most of them I was just like, no. But at the same time, if that’s really what they wanted, we would’ve just had to go with it. Fortunately enough, they came to me for ideas and I came up with Nation of Violence. People don’t know what it means yet, but as the show goes on, the explanation of Nation of Violence will become very clear.”

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