Samoa Joe recently spoke with the folks from Pop Culture for an interview. During the discussion, Joe spoke about rumors that he was originally slated to portray the Umaga character that was seen in WWE several years ago.
According to Samoa Joe, there are no truth to these rumors.
"It absolutely, positively, couldn't be any more false," said Joe. "We never talked, like... What people didn't get is, they couldn't talk to me legally. I think I still had two years on my contract, I wasn't going anywhere. So, it's funny, I think people thought you could just walk away from a deal at that time. You couldn't. We never talked, I was never even brought up to be Umaga."
Joe also claimed that he was offended by the comparisons to the Umaga character in WWE while he was doing his thing in TNA Wrestling.
"I thought it was mad racist, cause it was like, I had just come on TNA and I was Samoa Joe, and it was like this prominently featured Samoan character, and then it was like, oh, well this is WWE's answer to Samoa Joe, right? No," said Joe. "You wouldn't do that if it was any other... Right? It was mad racist to me.
"Why would you come up with that comparative, because he's like... we weren't even the same character! We weren't even remotely anything like each other. But the fact that I was Samoan and he was Samoan, we were the same character. And I was like, what...what are you talking...? That's the comparison you draw?"
Check out the complete Samoa Joe interview at PopCulture.com.