WWE releases Samoa Joe for the second time in less than a year: news and reactions

Last year, Samoa Joe was released by WWE, but it was once again part of the NXT brand. This time, your second launch by the company could be a permanent move.

Sean Ross Sapp from Fightful was the first to report that Joe, a TNA World and X Division, Ring of Honor Pure and World, and NXT Champion, was fired a second time by WWE. This comes a day after WWE released various people behind the scenes within NXT as the brand continues to shift to NXT 2.0.

WWE issued a statement that read: “With the continued evolution of NXT 2.0, we have decided to separate ourselves from some of our Performance Center staff. We thank them for their many contributions over the years and we wish them the best. ”

Joe signed with WWE in 2015, performing under the NXT brand. He made his main roster debut in 2017 and would compete in various disputes during his time there, including world title matches. Joe also won the United States Championship twice. The past two years have been interesting for Joe, as he last fought on the main roster around February 2020. He was transferred to the RAW commentary squad to recover from injuries. Joe was then released in April 2021 before Triple H brought him back in June. Upon becoming an enforcer on NXT, Joe defeated Karrion Kross for the NXT title at NXT TakeOver 36, abandoned him due to injury, and has not been seen since.

Working behind the scenes, Joe has been acting as a coach and helping out with test camps. According to Fighting selection, Joe was released Wednesday along with William Regal, Timothy Thatcher and others. With Regal gone, it seemed only a matter of time before Joe left. The reasoning reported for the release was the result of WWE seeking to change every aspect of Triple H’s original vision for NXT, which lasted from 2013 until now. There was no talk of Joe returning to the ring for the company.

Joe responded to the news via social media, saying that he is upset that he will not be able to personally see the progress of the young talent that NXT 2.0 has, but that he is excited about the future.

“Extremely fortunate and grateful to all the amazing young talents that I have had the pleasure of working with over the past few months. Just saddened by the loss of an “excuse” to see your continued growth and achievement. I’m very excited about that future… ..and mine “

Joe, 42, made his professional wrestling debut in 1999. Originally from Ring of Honor, Joe was also known for his time in Impact Wrestling, becoming a dominant figure in its X Division before becoming world champion.

It’s unclear how long Joe’s no-contest clause lasts or where it could end, either as a wrestler or in another backstage role.