BREAKING: WWE Superstar Samoa Joe Is Headed to SmackDown

Published 03/30/2021, 12:11 AM EDT


WWE Champion Bobby Lashley put a bounty on the head of Drew McIntyre last week as he asked the Raw locker room to take down his foe before WrestleMania. The reward would be a free shot at his title, a tempting offer. 

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However, no Superstars stepped up to challenge the feared McIntyre, but rumors were rife on potential surprises. Brock Lesnar is a bit far-fetched, but there was an increasing number of speculations of Samoa Joe returning. 

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Samoa Joe has been out for over a year from WWE after an injury, and the Superstar has not been able to make a comeback since then. Even after reports of his recovery emerged, it didn’t seem as if WWE had an opening for him, probably due to fears of aggravating the injury. 

Instead, the Superstar has been on the commentary team so far and has gotten used to his role behind the desk. Now, it seems as if he will be switching brands and according to a recent report from Kevin Smith, Samoa Joe is heading to SmackDown.

Unfortunately, there are still no updates on his involvement inside the ring and that will have to wait. For now, all we know is that Joe will be moving to SmackDown as a color commentator, moving from his usual role at Raw. 

MVP, Head of the Hurt Business, will be taking up his role on Raw. MVP has certainly been good at the entire commentator role and may have impressed the higher-ups enough to land that role permanently. 

Samoa Joe hopes to return to action soon

Samoa Joe received a concussion during a commercial shoot last year shortly after already suffering one. This put him out of action and on a 30-day suspension for violating WWE’s Welfare Policy. 

In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, the former WWE United States Champion updated fans on his current situation.

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“There have also been some holdups with the pandemic, in terms of medical availability of certain specialists and facilities, so that’s played a large factor in the timing,” explained Joe. “But like I said, WWE medical is doing their very best for me to have the healthiest return possible.”

We may soon see Samoa Joe return to the ring but for now, he will be a commentator on SmackDown until WWE decided to send him back into the action. 

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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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