Samoa Joe Reveals Tony Khan's ROH Acquisition "Played A Role" In Him Signing With AEW

Owning ROH helped Tony Khan land Samoa Joe

Samoa Joe shocked the professional wrestling world on Friday night as The Samoan Submission Machine returned to Ring Of Honor at Supercard Of Honor following the pay-per-view's main event.

Joe had been a free agent since his second WWE release in January and AEW President and ROH Owner Tony Khan announced shortly after the former ROH World Champion's return that he had signed with All Elite Wrestling. 

Khan announced he had purchased Ring Of Honor on March 2 and Joe revealed during the post-Supercard Of Honor media scrum that Khan's acquisition "played a role" in him signing with AEW.

"It played a role. But the initial discussions, Tony was playing his cards very close to his chest and not revealing things. Heavily alluding to it, but never quite revealing. But it did play a major role because obviously I have a lot of my legacy tied up with the promotion, and a lot of work that many fans have enjoyed over the years has been affiliated with the promotion. So to see it and to be a part of it and to help influence the future of it, it was kind of an unmissable opportunity," Joe said. 

The ROH Hall Of Famer's career is forever tied to the promotion due to his two runs in Ring Of Honor and Joe is the longest-reigning ROH World Champion, having held the gold for 645 days between March 2003 and December 2004. 

H/T to WrestleZone

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