Samoa Joe has completed a stunning return to NXT two months to the day after he was released by WWE.
With NXT General Manager William Regal seemingly about to step down from his post, NXT Champion Karrion Kross confronted the Brit along with Scarlett. After Kross ran down the GM, Samoa Joe marched to to the ring, where Regal offered him the chance to become General Manager.
However, Joe turned Regal down countering that he would become the GM’s enforcer to make sure he gets the respect he deserves. Regal accepted the proposal as Joe told Kross and Scarlett to leave the ring.
Joe wasted little time in getting his hands dirty, breaking up a backstage brawl between Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole. After Cole shoved Joe out of the way, the newly anointed enforcer choked out the former NXT Champion leaving him laying.
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Joe initially joined NXT after signing with WWE in May 2015. The former IMPACT Wrestling star immediately made his presence known at the top of the card, teaming with Finn Balor to win the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. By the end of the year Joe had turned on his partner and the pair went to war over the NXT Championship.
Despite coming up short on more than one occasion, Joe finally claimed NXT’s top prize in shocking fashion, defeating Balor at a live event. The former ROH World Champion went on to lose the title to Shinsuke Nakamura before winning it back, becoming the black and gold’s first ever two-time champion.
Samoa Joe wrestled his last match on NXT television in December 2016, before being called up to the main roster.
Despite two reigns with the United States Championship and a brief dalliance with Brock Lesnar, Joe’s time on the main roster failed to hit the heights many had expected. With the former NXT Champion eventually moved into an announcing role on Monday Night RAW following a spell on the side-lines due to injury.
On April 15th Samoa Joe was released by WWE alongside the likes of Peyton Royce and Mickie James. In the months prior Joe had been performing as an announcer on Monday Night RAW. The former NXT Champion hadn’t competed inside the ring since February 2020.