Samoa Joe has talked about his new role in NXT, not just as William Regal’s on-screen enforcer but the roles he now has behind the scenes.
Samoa Joe was perhaps the most surprising name on the list of talents released from WWE on April 15th, 2021. Joe had just commentated on WrestleMania the week before but found himself pushed out of the Raw announce booth with Adnan Virk and Corey Graves being drafted in.
Joe has since revealed that he was called by John Laurinaitis who informed him of his release, only to be called later the same day by Triple H who wanted The Samoan Submission Machine to be part of NXT.
Speaking to Ryan Satin on the Out Of Character podcast, the first-ever two-time NXT Champion revealed some of the other duties he is taking on backstage.
“No, a lot of what was, me and Triple H had spoken about this transition in-depth. It wasn’t just coming back to NXT and being an enforcer and having a role on the show. Now, I’m working in the talent scouting department, working with Canyon Ceman, doing more administrative things behind the scenes. It’s a transition into some of the other aspects of the business. It’s an evolution of my journey. It was a cool opportunity that Hunter offered me. It was a very nice understanding that we had come to.”
Samoa Joe went on to explain why he is an ideal talent scout for the company, speaking of his connections in and out of the wrestling world:
“I always try to keep a pulse on the industry in general, whether it be through me looking or my network contacts and people I know. Outside of the Indie wrestling world, in the combat sports world, and a lot of the athletic world. Just heavy connections. It was a really nice fit. I’m looking forward to giving an opportunity to a lot of people that maybe wouldn’t get a look.”