Samoa Joe has called his trilogy of matches with CM Punk in Ring of Honor “tremendously important”.
Speaking on The Kurt Angle Show, Joe was asked about the matches he had with Punk. He responded with how they allowed him to explore the bounds of his creativity. Here is the quote, courtesy of Fightful:
“Tremendously important for a lot of reasons, both from a career standpoint and from a business standpoint. It was an opportunity to kind of explore bounds that, personally, I’d never really explored before, doing the longer format matches doing the 60-minute matches and got me acquainted to what I was able to do and if I push myself and go out there.
“It was a great creative effort, you know, anytime you’re in there with Punk, he’s got a tremendously creative mind, great collaborative [effort] going back and forth. It’s always very easy to come up with something great with him. It was a special time and it’s something I really enjoyed, and I definitely do highlight [the trio of matches] as a very important point in my career.”
Samoa Joe and CM Punk wrestled two 60-minute draws with the second one receiving a five-star rating from Dave Meltzer. It was the first North American match in seven years to receive such a rating.
The third match saw Joe finally defeat Punk to retain the ROH World Championship.
Joe also spoke about when he knew Punk would return to wrestling. You can read about that here.