SHOCKING! Samoa Joe, Mickie James and Chelsea Green Are Making Their Impact Return on Slammiversary

Published 04/26/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
TOKYO,JAPAN – JUNE 29: Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura compete during the WWE Live Tokyo at Ryogoku Kokugikan on June 29, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)


WWE released several Superstars recently as a part of their cost-cutting measures. However, these former Superstars are huge names in the industry such as Samoa Joe. As a result, it wasn’t long before another company jumped to sign them on for their roster.

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IMPACT Wrestling released a trailer for their upcoming Slammiversary scheduled for July 2021. In that teaser, the likes of Samoa Joe, Mickie James, and Chelsea Green are featured.

All of them had previously worked with IMPACT; hence, the company owns footage of the pro-wrestlers from then and used it to raise curiosity among the audience.

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If it actually works out, the former WWE Superstars will begin working with IMPACT Wrestling after their non-compete clause comes to an end. The wrestling fans won’t know what the exact situation is until then.

IMPACT featured the last time released Superstars in its earlier promo. Last year, when WWE released several pro-wrestlers because of budget cuts during the pandemic, many of them appeared on IMPACT’s Slammiversary promo.

The promo featured Eric Young, Curt Hawkins, Luke Gallows, EC3, Karl Anderson, Mike and Maria Kanellis, and Karl Anderson.

Former WWE employees reacted to WWE releasing Samoa Joe

When WWE released the Superstars, several known entities within the industry spoke out in favour of them. They believed that cutting short their contract was not justified. The situation gained gravitas when the company released the salaries of the top officials.

Apart from that, during the pandemic, the company reported profits in their financial statements. Therefore, letting go of Superstars as a cost-cutting measure had others reacting to the situation.

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On the other hand, Samoa Joe’s release meant the Raw commentators’ table was one person short. The company sent SmackDown commentator Corey Graves to Raw and hired Pat McAfee as the new commentator for the blue brand. Not only that, WWE hired Megan Morant as the backstage correspondent for SmackDown too.

It doesn’t look like the company will release any other Superstars at the moment. However, in the past year, several released Superstars have started working with other companies, especially AEW.

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Hence, if one out of Samoa Joe, Mickie James, and Chelsea Green decide not to work with IMPACT by the time the non-compete clause expires, there’s a huge possibility AEW will try to seize the opportunity by signing them for their roster.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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