Jay Lethal says he was surprised about surpassing Samoa Joe's record

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Jay Lethal says he was surprised about surpassing Samoa Joe's record

Jay Lethal made Ring of Honor (ROH) history as he crossed Samoa Joe for the most number of combined days as the promotion's world champion. The 33-year-old has a total of 660 days as the ROH World Champion while Joe's previous record was 645 days.

In an interview with Sporting News, Lethal spoke about his initial thoughts when informed about his achievement of overtaking the man who was once his mentor. "When I was pulled aside and they said, 'You know, you're about to beat Joe's record of holding the belt for a certain amount of time.'

I said, 'No way! That's insane!' I remember being in Ring of Honor when Joe was champion and I was his protege, and I would come to the ring holding his towel. I didn't think anyone would ever beat his record," said Lethal, who is the first African-American wrestler to be the ROH world champion.

Lethal joined ROH in 2003 and was part of the promotion for about three years up to 2005-06. He then joined Total Nonstop Action (TNA) and was with the promotion for around six years up to 2011, before rejoining ROH in 2011.

During his stint with TNA, Lethal won six X Division Championships and the World Tag Team Championships (teaming up with Christopher Creed) once. The New Jersey resident will defend his ROH World Championship title in April 2019, against David Starr in Netanya, Israel.