Co-Executive Vice President of Impact Wrestling Scott D’Amore has teased the potential return of Samoa Joe to the promotion, following his release from WWE.
Samoa Joe was amongst several WWE talent, including Mojo Rawley and Peyton Royce, that were released by the company in the week after WrestleMania 37. Following his exit, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer would take to Twitter to joke that they had signed Samoa Joe, with Joe responding – “No snitching trying to work out this 90 days.”
Scott D’Amore, who has been a part of upper management for IMPACT Wrestling since 2017, replied to the post with a graphic of upcoming pay-per-view Slammiversary and the intriguing message:
“There has to be an event within days of that 90 days being up that would make the perfect celebration of Joe & friends’ new found freedom…”
— Scott D'Amore (@ScottDAmore) April 16, 2021
Although Slammiversary 2021 is yet to be officially announced by the company, the pay-per-view has taken place in mid to late July in recent years, which coincides with the tail end of Samoa Joe’s 90-day no-compete policy.
Prior to his stint in NXT and WWE, Samoa Joe was widely recognised as one of TNA’s biggest homegrown stars. The company, who would rebrand as IMPACT Wrestling in 2017, became known for such talents as AJ Styles, Bobby Roode and Abyss. At the height of their popularity, TNA would acquire top WWE talent such as Kurt Angle, Booker T and Christian Cage.
Samoa Joe would become a highly decorated performer with the company. Capturing virtually every Championship in the promotion, Joe’s decade long tenure with TNA elevated him to one of the greatest performers in modern-day pro wrestling.
Joe is yet to detail any plans moving forward, following his WWE release. His last appearance with the company was April 2021 alongside Michael Cole in the commentary booth for WrestleMania 37. Though Joe has been sidelined with an injury since early 2020, many fans have speculated ‘The Samoans Submissions Machine’s next move, with many hoping to see him step into the squared circle sometime soon.