WWE Hall of Famer Predicts Samoa Joe’s Future in NXT in His New Role

Published 06/22/2021, 7:45 AM EDT


WWE Superstar Samoa Joe was released all of a sudden a few months ago. However, WWE Executive and NXT founder Triple H made sure to bring him back and Joe is back as the special enforcer of general manager William Regal.

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WWE Hall of Famer and Joe’s former opponent Booker T recently weighed in on his return. In his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker talked about Joe’s second chance in NXT.

Joe’s new role includes being the main security, advisor, and assistant of Regal. Upon his return, the former NXT Champion quickly had a scuffle with the top superstars as he attacked Adam Cole and confronted Johnny Gargano and Pete Dunne.

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Booker T Drew a parallel between Joe and former Universal Champion Finn Balor. He needed a breather from the overwhelming main roster and came back to NXT to gather himself, becoming the NXT Champion in the process.

“I think sometimes, just like with Finn Balor when he came up to the main roster and kind of got lost in the shuffle,” Booker T said. “Finn Balor’s a hell of talent but he was like a guy that… he’s there but he’s not really doing a whole lot because there are so many parts to that machine that everybody’s trying to get a piece of.”

Take a step back and go back to NXT and it looks like he’s feeling a lot better, looking a lot better and he’s getting a whole lot more TV time. Samoa Joe, I think that’s a spot for Joe to thrive in, in an authoritative perspective or in-ring. I think Joe will do much better as a talent in NXT.

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Samoa Joe had not wrestled in a while

Joe garnered worldwide popularity in pro wrestling thanks to his tenure in Impact and Ring of Honor. He came to WWE in 2015. Initially signed as a part-time contract, WWE soon signed him full-time.

Within one year of his signing, Joe won the NXT Championship. He moved to the main roster in 2017 as a part of RAW. However, he was constantly affected by injuries.

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Professional Wrestling: WWE SummerSlam: Samoa Joe in-ring during a match vs AJ Styles at Barclays Center.
Brooklyn, NY 8/19/2018
CREDIT: Rob Tringali (Photo by Rob Tringali /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)
(Set Number: X162079 TK1 )

He won the United States Championship twice in 2019. As his last in-ring endeavor, Joe took part in the King of the Ring tournament in 2019 but lost to Baron Corbin in the semi-finals.

Since then, Joe remained inactive inside the ring and became a part of the RAW commentary team. Hopefully, now on his tenure on NXT, we would see him back in the ring.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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