Talk is Jericho Recap w/ Samoa Joe – Arriving in NXT, Debut on RAW, Potential Match vs. Lesnar, More!
Jericho welcomes Samoa Joe to the show.
Jericho asks Joe why he thinks it took so long for WWE to bring him into NXT. Joe says he believes it’s a cultural thing, because past TNA stars haven’t done so well in WWE. He was thrilled to get a meeting with WWE officials who informed him of an opportunity in NXT, but there was never a guarantee that he’d be used on the main roster.
Joe says he didn’t mind that, because all he wanted was to get his foot in the door. He was confident in his abilities and he knew if he had any type of opportunity he would make the best of it. He says he doesn’t mind being under-promised, but he hates being over-promised. He’s been in situations in the past where companies have promised him everything but weren’t able to deliver, and that’s very frustrating.
Joe’s initial contract with NXT was basically a part-time contract, where he gave WWE priority for his services, but he was allowed to work for other promotions on the dates that WWE didn’t need him. This was a great deal in his opinion because he’d have some time off for the first time in a while.
Eventually he transitioned into working television tapings as well as house shows, and he had a great time working with Superstars such as No Way Jose, American Alpha, Finn Balor and Nakamura.