WWE Releases Samoa Joe – It was revealed this evening by Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful that Samoa Joe is no longer with the company. His departure appears to be another release in the major overhaul of WWE NXT and WWE Performance Center staff this week.
Joe posted a statement shortly after the departure was revealed, and said he’s extremely fortunate and grateful for the talent he got to work with in recent months. He also commented on the future.
“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”
Joe had been working behind-the-scenes as a coach in NXT as of late, and helped out with recent tryout camps. He last wrestled on the main roster in February 2020, and was then moved to the RAW commentary table while recovering from injuries. Joe was removed from RAW commentary on April 12, 2021, then released on April 15. Triple H brought him back in June of last year, as an enforcer to former NXT General Manager William Regal, who was also released this week. Joe feuded with Karrion Kross and defeated him for the NXT Title at Takeover 36. He was then forced to relinquish the title on September 12 due to an undisclosed injury, and has been away since then, working behind-the-scenes.
There is no word yet on what Joe has planned for his future, or what kind of non-compete clause he is under, but we will keep you updated.