All Elite- Here’s Why Samoa Joe Will Join AEW After WWE Release

Published 04/19/2021, 1:49 PM EDT


Samoa Joe is a name that fans just cannot get enough of right now following the former United States Champion’s WWE release a few days ago. WWE shocked the world by letting go of this talent, who many believed would someday be a world champion. 

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As a free agent, it’s no doubt that a lot of top promotions will be after Joe’s signature in the coming weeks and he will be, if he isn’t already, the most sought-after talent in the open market. 

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Although, only one promotion can give him the stage that he wants heading into the future, and that would be AEW. Offering a very tempting contract, AEW has managed to rope in a lot of former WWE talent and has also fostered its own stars over the months. 

Tony Khan has not tightened any noose on his wrestlers and allows them to participate in inter-promotional events while still being under AEW contract.

This extremely attractive contract is just waiting for Samoa Joe’s signature, and he certainly wouldn’t mind facing the likes of Kenny Omega, Jon Moxley, or even Sting in the future. 

AEW also speaks for itself in the viewership wars. Pushing arch-rivals NXT off Wednesdays, Tony Khan and his men have free road and can quickly catch up to WWE’s numbers, that have dropped over the lockdown period. 

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Having already crossed the 1 million mark, AEW aims at begging the competition higher and certainly will grow over the next few months, if not weeks. This signifies a promise of the future, and Samoa Joe would undoubtedly be inclined to AEW and its offer. 

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However, another viable alternative would be Impact Wrestling, which would be a return to familiar territory for Joe, who wrestled for years in the promotion. With a budding roster and the promise of a lot more than wrestling, Joe may choose Impact as his next destination. 

Before coming to WWE, he was one of the most in-demand talents and fans believed he would surely go on to win the big gold someday. However, a devastating concussion put a halt to his run last year in February. 

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Although we believed he would return sometime soon, WWE has given up on the clock and decided that too much time has been spent waiting on Samoa Joe.  

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Luke Dias

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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