Once it was announced that Samoa Joe had been released by WWE, speculation naturally began as to where he’ll be heading next.
Will he be making a return to ROH? Or perhaps he’ll be the latest under-utilised WWE star to make the journey to Jacksonville and join AEW.
Like all the other WWE star who were released yesterday, Joe has a 90-day non-compete clause in his contract, which means he won’t be able to wrestle for another promotion until July 14 at the earliest.
Another possible destination for Joe would be IMPACT Wrestling, for whom he wrestled for 10 years between 2005 and 2015, making himself a company legend in the process.
IMPACT Executive Vice President Scott D’Amore tweeted shortly after Joe’s release, indicating that a return to IMPACT would be on the cards if Joe wanted to do that.
— Scott D’Amore (@ScottDAmore) April 16, 2021
You have to think this is something that could happen, especially now that IMPACT and AEW have a working relationship. Joe could return at Slammiversary, and then appear at the following week’s AEW Dynamite. Yes please.
At 42, Joe is not the youngest star in wrestling, but there is no doubting what he could bring to any promotion he joins in the future.