Over the past five years, AEW has undergone quite a few changes, not all of which have been well-received. The company has faced backstage controversies since 2022, contributing to a toxic environment. However, Samoa Joe has made it clear that things are much better now.

Since the 2022 All Out media scrum with CM Punk, AEW has been embroiled in several controversies, contributing to a perception of excessive and unnecessary drama behind the scenes. The aftermath of this event revealed various backstage issues.

AEW currently faces a pivotal phase, working to secure a new television media rights deal by the year’s end. Simultaneously, they are striving to rekindle fan interest following a decline in television ratings and live attendance. The challenges highlight a critical juncture for the promotion.

During the post-Revolution media scrum, Samoa Joe expressed a positive outlook on the AEW locker room dynamics. He stated that, in his opinion, the AEW locker room has never been tighter or better.


According to Joe, there’s a contagious enthusiasm backstage, driven by the influx of new and emerging talent. He emphasized the genuine excitement among the wrestlers and expressed anticipation for the future, noting that such a positive spirit has been absent for a considerable time.

“I think you summed it up perfectly. That was last year. This is the AEW underneath my reign. As far as our locker room community, I don’t think it’s ever been tighter, I don’t think it’s ever been better. There’s an enthusiasm backstage that is infectious, and it’s because we have so much new, burgeoning talent. We have so many new opportunities to go out there and entertain the crowd with the people that we have at our disposal. There’s just genuine excitement among the locker room. It’s been a long time since this spirit has been felt here, and I’m very much looking forward to where this leads us in the future.”

Samoa Joe also retained his AEW World Championship against Adam Page and Swerve Strickland at the AEW Revolution pay-per-view. We will have to wait and see what’s next in store for The Samoan Submission Machine.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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