Real Reason Ex-WWE Star Samoa Joe Did Not Show Up For AEW Fan Fest Revealed

Published 05/30/2022, 8:30 AM EDT

AEW Double or Nothing PPV had some very exciting matches on Sunday. However, on 28th May they witnessed a major blunder for the Fan Fest at Las Vegas, Nevada ahead of the Double or Nothing that involves MJF and Samoa Joe.

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As per the reports, Maxwell Jacob Friedman had booked flight tickets to fly back to New Jersey and did not attend the AEW Fan Fest. Moreover, another AEW star, the ROH Television Champion Samoa Joe, also didn’t attend the Fan Fest, but nobody knew the reason. However, he appeared at Double or Nothing for his match.

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Although the fans have a clue about why MJF is leaving, it surprised many after Samoa Joe wasn’t there at the Fan Fest. A wrestling observer, Bryan Alvarez later revealed the reason on Twitter.

His tweet said, “It appears the situation with Samoa Joe and the Fan Fest was a communication issue, so totally different from whatever is happening with MJF, who did no-show.”

Apparently, Joe instead attended a voiceover session for a new project. There was a miscommunication between the AEW officials and him, so he did not attend the Fan Fest. There is no conflict between AEW officials and Joe for him to make a no-show.

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Maxwell Jacob Friedman and Tony Khan are currently having a backstage dispute over MJF’s contractual issues. A few days ago, in an interview, ‘The Two Year Vet’ said about signing with the one who pays him more money. However, this statement didn’t sit well with the AEW owner.

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On 28th May, it was reported that MJF has booked a flight out of Vegas. He was not answering the calls of AEW Officials and everyone thought he will also no-show Double or Nothing on Sunday. However, the 26-year-old wrestler was still in Las Vegas as of late Saturday night.

Further, MJF appeared on the PPV on Sunday for his match against Wardlow, which was the most awaited one for the fans. He lost against Wardlow, despite dominating him throughout the match and ended it quickly.

Samoa Joe lost the match against Adam Page

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Samoa Joe was scheduled for a match at Double or Nothing. His match was against his one more ex-WWE superstar Adam Cole in the Owen Hart Cup Finals.

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When Joe did not appear for the AEW Fan Fest, fans thought he would not be appearing at Double or Nothing. But Samoa Joe appeared on Sunday for his match and had a good match against Adam Cole. The ROH Television Champion lost the match and Cole went on to win this year’s Owen Cup Tournament.

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Tushar Deogharkar

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Tushar Deogharkar is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports. Tushar has done his Master's in Tourism Management and is an ardent fan of pro wrestling. He follows WWE and AEW very closely and wants to learn how the promotions are run.

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