Samoa Joe has revealed that he would be open to returning to the announce booth in the future. Although he also admits that he’s currently more focused on unearthing WWE Superstars of the future.
On June 15th Samoa Joe made a shocking return to NXT, just one month after being released by WWE. After returning as the enforcer for General Manager William Regal, Joe quit his position on the July 27th episode of the black and gold brand. However, his resignation served only to allow him to face NXT Champion Karrion Kross at NXT TakeOver: 36.
Away from the ring, when Joe returned to WWE he also took on a role in WWE’s scouting department.
Appearing on WWE El Brunch, Joe explained that while he’d be open to returning to commentary, he’s excited to be scouring the globe for WWE’s next big Superstar.
“Commentary is something I very much enjoyed and would be willing to go back to at some point. Right now, some of my other responsibilities at WWE are helping find the new superstars that will be joining our roster and doing talent scouting around the world. I’m very much looking forward to that and very much looking forward to scouring this planet and finding the next great superstar, wherever they may be in the world,”
During the conversation, Joe was also asked about NXT potentially heading to Mexico. The former NXT Champion said that while he doesn’t have much of a say in the decision making process, he’d love for it to happen.
“I would very much love for there to be a NXT loop through Mexico, through Central America, and South America. It’s one of our most fun markets. Every time we go down there, we have a great time and I’d love to see that happen. We need to expand more internationally and get to more international fans. For me personally, though I don’t have much say in where we go, I’d love for it to happen sooner rather than later.”
Samoa 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.
After a stint on the main roster, Joe stepped into the RAW announce booth in late 2019. The Samoan Submission Machine still occasionally appeared in the ring, but became a full-time commentator in February 2020. It was a position Joe held until April 2021.
When Joe steps into the ring with Karrion Kross it will be his first singles match on a WWE show since September 2nd 2019.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.