Samoa Joe remains one of the most popular WWE Superstars to have ever stepped foot inside the squared circle. Samoa Joe was fired back in April as part of the COVID-19 budget cuts and this shocked the pro wrestling world.
Thankfully, Samoa Joe would finally make his return to NXT earlier this month, where he was offered to become the new NXT General manager, but turned down the offer. Samoa Joe then became William Regal’s new enforcer.
While speaking on Ryan Satin’s Out of Character podcast, Samoa Joe talked about his WWE release. Joe stated that WWE executive John Laurinaitis called him to inform him of his release.
Within a few hours, Triple H called Samoa Joe with the intention of wanting to hire him back into the company.
“It wasn’t unexpected [WWE releasing him], but at the same time I was relatively calm about it. I’ve kind of been in this situation before. A younger me probably would’ve been really, really freaked out, but at this point you just role pivot.
That’s really all there is to it when it comes to life in general. It’s kind of the mantra I’ve kept, so at that point I think I was kind of in the works and setting up the framework for whatever else I was gonna do. A few hours later, I get a call from Hunter [Triple H] and it pretty much all kind of changed.
I got a text back [from Triple H], ‘Hey, give me a minute, getting out of a meeting.’ We had a brief conversation, which was essentially like, ‘Give us a little bit of time. I’ll work out a package and we’ll talk soon.’ ‘Alright, that’s totally fine, I have no problem with that.’ And it led to my return to NXT.”
Many fans were glad to see Samoa Joe back on WWE NXT television as it brought back a much-needed intensity that was missing from NXT for a long time. We will have to see how Samoa Joe will fare in his role as William Regal’s enforcer.
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