Former NXT Champion Samoa Joe has hinted towards his next career move after his WWE career came to an end early in 2022.
Joe had been working in a backstage capacity at NXT as a scout following his brief return to the ring earlier in the year that saw him capture the NXT Championship for a third time before relinquishing it due to an undisclosed injury in September 2021.
At the beginning of January 2022, a backstage overhaul took place at NXT with many stalwarts of the brand such as William Regal, Road Dogg, alongside Samoa Joe released from their roles in the company.
Now Joe has shared a picture on social media with an interesting caption suggesting that his future plans are taking shape – if you read between the lines and don’t assume he’s talking about the unfinished jigsaw in front of him.
Samoa Joe has been announced as the fourth inductee into the Ring Of Honor Hall Of Fame alongside fellow company legends Bryan Danielson and The Briscoes.
Ring Of Honor announced Joe as the fourth inductee in the first class of the company’s Hall Of Fame on their website, issuing a statement outlining why Samoa Joe is the perfect candidate for the honour:
“‘The Samoan Submission Machine’ is arguably the most proficient American pro wrestler in the art of strong style, a form of pro wrestling popularized in Japan that emphasizes strikes and submissions.
“In just his10th match in ROH, Joe captured the ROH Title in March 2003. Two months later, Joe officially elevated the championship to world title status when he successfully defended it in London, marking the first time the championship had been defended outside the United States.
“Joe went on to hold the ROH World Championship for a record 645 days and make 31 successful title defenses. It’s not only the longest reign in ROH history, but at the time it was the longest world title reign in any U.S.-based pro wrestling company in 15 years.
“During Joe’s historic reign, he and CM Punk engaged in an epic trilogy of matches that have become legendary. They wrestled to two 60-minute draws before Joe won their final meeting.”
The ROH Hall Of Fame ceremony will air on the 5th of March but following that the wrestling world may very well be Samoa Joe’s oyster.