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In an exclusive interview with The American's Josh Modaberi, Samoa Joe says it's time for the new boys of TNA to step up to the plate... but they'd better watch out for him!
"Early on in my career I was fortunate enough to work with William Regal," Joe told me. “It really helped getting to speak to him and learning from him, he was just so knowledgable about pro wrestling and he is a major influence both stylistically and with his wrestling philosophy.
"My matches with John Cena, they were in California where I'm from and he was getting into the business, the matches were very physical. John is an athlete and he would go at it 100%, we had some great matches and he always worked hard, 365 days a year.
"Working with Punk was always great, he is such a good competitor and always pushes his opponents to get the very best out of them. It was a great experience working with Punk during our time with ROH. I don't know what his current situation is with the WWE but I'm sure he will handle it in what ever way he sees fit."
Over the past year there have been some major changes within TNA with a number of key people leaving the company including the likes of Hulk Hogan, Jeff Jarrett, Sting and AJ Styles. Joe believes it is now time for the current roster to step up to the plate.
"Every time you lose talent of that calibre is a tremendous blow to the company," he continued. "We have a lot of young guys in the locker–room now that are going to be given an opportunity and they are going to need to grab it with both hands.
"It's a pity those guys aren't here anymore but the young guys seem to be ready to step into their shoes."
During his tenure in TNA Joe has held every title at least once and he is delighted to be back in the World Title picture.
"In all honestly it's great being back in the World Title picture," Joe added. "It's been a long time since I last held the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and I feel I should have been champion again in that time but things happen for a reason and my time will come."