Samoa Joe hasn’t wrestled in over a year. Plenty of fans would love to see him come back, but he hasn’t been able to wrestle since suffering a concussion that took him out of action.
Rick Ucchino recently spoke to Samoa Joe about his in-ring status. Joe said that WWE medical is doing the best thing for his health, and that means he is staying out of the ring. He is appreciative of that, and he gets to remain on commentary in the process.
He put no timetable on his in-ring return, but he also didn’t rule it out.
“I just want to reassure people that you know this point, WWE medical is doing the best for my health and my well-being, and I’m appreciative of it, so we’re taking our time.”
“We’re making sure that I’m as healthy as I can be. And we are… Yeah, I think that’s essentially it, you know, I’m not putting a timetable on it because the type of injury is not something that I want to rush, obviously, for obvious reasons.”
“So, yeah, I mean, that’s essentially the update. I mean, and obviously, too, there’s been some holdups from a technical standpoint with the pandemic going on and availability of medical personnel, but for the most part, we’re taking a careful, measured approach, and though I don’t think my in-ring career is over by a longshot I’m appreciative of the recovery time. And that my health is being respected at a premium.”
Samoa Joe will likely wrestle again, but WWE isn’t taking any chances. They are keeping Samoa Joe on commentary and giving that time to recover. Hopefully, all of that waiting will pay off for the Samoan Submission Machine.