Samoa Joe has stated that he’s open to a talent scouting role with AEW, following his backstage role at the WWE Performance Center.
Prior to his WWE release in January, Joe had been working backstage, helping to recruit stars to the WWE PC.
Speaking on AEW Unrestricted, Joe noted that he learned to appreciate helping out in the scouting department because of individuals like William Regal, who showed him a path to success earlier in his career.
Noting that he keeps his eyes open for a different purpose now, Joe said:
“Yeah, for WWE I was heavily involved in the scouting department. Now I kind of keep those eyes open, and keep those eyes out there for a different purpose, obviously. You want to have the best up and comers coming into your company, and if I can help facilitate that for AEW, I would be more than happy to.
“I have learned to appreciate it, and like it because of men like William Regal, who, in the height of their career took time to give me advice. Just show me a path. It wasn’t a, ‘I’ll put in a word for you, I’ll do this,’ it was like, ‘no, here’s a path, if you choose to follow it, you can find success.’
“It’s just something that’s kind of missing in the industry as a whole, there’s not a lot of guys who have that experience going back and having an honest discussion with you. About what the industry is like, about what this business really is, and breaking down the numbers.
“And not just being grandiose, bragging about how you’re awesome, and this is how much you did. Every empire is built with a plan, and the problem is we don’t talk about the plan enough. We just talk about the empire, so, you know, I’d like to change that. Anytime I can offer a word of advice to someone young, and up and coming. And wants to put themselves in the best possible position to succeed, which I think is vitally important to anybody in our industry, is putting yourself in a position to be successful. Not just waiting for something to break or happen is a big asset bank of our knowledge that isn’t shared enough.”
Following Joe’s surprise appearance at ROH Supercard of Honor, it was announced that the wrestling veteran had signed with AEW. He went on to defeat Minoru Suzuki for the ROH TV Championship on the April 13 edition of Dynamite.
He most recently wrestled on the April 27 episode, defending his gold against Trent Beretta.
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