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Samoa Joe Appears For The First Time Since Vacating NXT Championship (Photo)

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Samoa Joe has been seen publicly in the WWE Performance Center for the first time since he vacated the NXT Championship.

Days before the revamped NXT 2.0 debuted, Samoa Joe who had only won the NXT Championship from Karrion Kross at NXT TakeOver 36 in August declared that he was vacating the title.

Announcing his intent to vacate the title via Twitter, Joe revealed that he had suffered an injury and that WWE’s medical team had advised him to step away from the ring for an as-yet-unknown amount of time. Therefore, he has voluntarily relinquished the title but vowed that he would be back to “recollect what’s mine” soon.

“Hello, I am NXT champion Samoa Joe. As part of my recent return, my goals were very simple. I sought to ensure the respect and integrity due to both NXT and its championship. I sought to ensure that everybody understood that the needs of one individual will never outstrip the sum of the brand.

Today, I find myself having to stand on those principles. Recently, WWE medical has informed me that due to certain injuries, they would like to have me step away for the ring for a brief, yet still indeterminate, amount of time. I realised that this week we are on the cusp of a new NXT, we are on the brink of a new era in our history and I realised that that era deserves a fighting champion.

That’s why it makes this a very difficult decision very easy to make. Effective immediately, I relinquish the NXT championship. Best of luck to those who will vie for it. My sincerest condolences to whoever wins because I will be along shortly to recollect what’s mine.”

Now Samoa Joe has been photographed in the WWE Performance Center alongside new recruit Alema Collins, with Collins sharing the photo on social media.

Collins previously played college football for Ottawa University in Arizona. The former defensive lineman stands 6ft 4inches and weighs 255 pounds and will be looking to make his name alongside a whole host of other standout college athletes that have recently signed with the company.