Samoa Joe took to social media to publicly address his release from WWE.
The first-ever three time NXT Champion Samoa Joe has become the latest figure to leave WWE, according to Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful. The news of Joe’s departure comes after NXT General Manager, William Regal and a number of backstage figures also left the company.
Samoa Joe has been released by WWE, Fightful has confirmed with the company.
— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) January 6, 2022
For Joe, his exit completes a whirlwind nine months which saw him originally released back in April 2021. On that occasion, Joe was released alongside the likes of The IIconics and Mickie James as part of a series of budget cuts. However, Joe completed a stunning return to the company just a month later. Joe later confirmed that he was asked to re-join WWE by Triple H on the same day that he was released.
Most recently, the Samoan Submission Machine has been working in NXT as a scout. He briefly returned to the ring at NXT TakeOver: 36 where he won the NXT Championship from Karrion Kross. However, he was forced to relinquish the title due to an undisclosed injury and has not been seen on television since.
Shortly after news of his release broke, Samoa Joe took to Twitter to address the situation and share a positive message of gratitude that his time with the company allowed him to work with some amazing young talent in NXT.
“Extremely fortunate and grateful to all the young & amazing talent I had the pleasure of working with in the past months. Only saddened at the loss of an “excuse” to see their continued growth & achievement . I am very excited for there future,….. and mine”
Extremely fortunate and grateful to all the young & amazing talent I had the pleasure of working with in the past months. Only saddened at the loss of an “excuse” to see their continued growth & achievement . I am very excited for there future,….. and mine 🙃
— Samoa Joe (@SamoaJoe) January 7, 2022
Samoa Joe’s departure comes after another round of cuts which saw a number of backstage figures leave the company. Among those released were William Regal and Road Dogg. Regal had been with the WWE in some capacity since 2000, most recently working as head scout for the company under the title Director of Talent Development and Head of Global Recruiting.