Samoa Joe recently spoke with the folks at Al Arabiya English to promote the upcoming WWE Greatest Royal Rumble event in Saudi Arabia next month. Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.
On Daniel Bryan finally getting medically cleared to return to the ring at WrestleMania 34 this Sunday: "Obviously whenever you speak of people that you consider friends throughout your career, you always look upon that news with a little bit of trepidation, only because I care about Daniel Bryan's well-being as a person. I would hate to see anything permanently bad happen to him. At the same time, I know he's been fighting the fight really hard the past few years, and do everything within his power to medically prove that he's capable and fit to compete in the ring. Knowing Bryan as long as I've known him, if he's attacked that with the same ferocity that he's attacked his abilities as a professional wrestler, I have no doubt that he's ready to get back in that ring and I'm looking forward to seeing what he's able to do."
On his relationship with Vince McMahon: "I'm terrible at small talk, so me and Vince's relationship is—I don't want to say dispassionate, but when we have talks, they're very brief, short, we lay out a few things and I go from there. It's not a lot of, 'hey how are you doin', how's this, how's that'. It's calling the play, what do we need to get done, and I go out and get it done."
On whether or not he would consider teaming with Braun Strowman as his mystery partner at WrestleMania 34: "Braun out here talking about how he doesn't get along well with other people, but I'm terrible at it. That sounds like something that's very enticing to the fans, but I'm sure two minutes in I'd be punching him in the head."
Check out the complete Samoa Joe interview at AlArabiya.net.