Following reports of him being at the WWE Performance Center last week, it’s now being reported that Samoa Joe has returned to NXT.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer explained that William Regal saying “it’s time for a change” at the end of TakeOver seems to be the cue for Joe’s return.
“So, I think that’s the cue for Samoa Joe. I don’t know that 100%. I was told today that Samoa Joe was gonna be in a Regal-like role, then all of a sudden Regal’s talking like he’s stepping down, so maybe the Regal-like role is Regal’s role. But if he’s leaving, based on what I was told, Samoa Joe was definitely the favorite to be the new Commissioner. But Joe is in, and he’s in as a non-wrestler, so I think that tells you that he’s not cleared.
“He’s taken a job in NXT and he’s doing something there, and he may be the new authority figure on television, or he may not be. But he’s gonna be behind-the-scenes.”
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Joe was released by WWE this past April and the belief was he wanted out because he couldn’t get cleared to wrestle, but it seems like he may have not been able to get cleared at all, even outside of WWE.
Fightful Select originally reported the news of Joe being at the PC this past week.