Speaking on his Hall of Fame podcast, two-time WWE Hall of Famer Booker T has criticised the company for releasing former United States Champion Samoa Joe last week.
Despite holding the World Heavyweight Championship for WWE, Booker T said that he was a “utility guy” for the company, adding that the company likely saw Samoa Joe in a similar vein:
“The one name that stuck out among most was Samoa Joe,” Booker said. “I always thought Joe was going to do that job but Joe is like me, he’s a utility guy. You need me over here, I’ll do that, you need me over there? I’ll do that and be content with actually doing that. Not be consumed with man, I got to get back in the ring, I’m missing the boat. I just did not see Joe as one of those guys.
Booker T said that he was “surprised” to see Samoa Joe included as one of the released WWE Superstars last week. However, the former WWE Superstar added that he thinks Joe will “make a huge impact” wherever he goes next.
“Am I surprised that Joe was on the list? I must say: 100% I am. I don’t know the ramifications of what happened but I do think that it’s a loss for the company. Joe is going to make a huge impact wherever he goes working for somebody else, that’s just the way I see it.”
Thanks to WrestlingInc for the transcription.