Last week a rumour broke that Samoa Joe would be returning to WWE, and specifically the NXT brand, after being spotted at WWE’s Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
On Sunday, at NXT TakeOver: In Your House 2021, the storyline threading through the show of anarchy amongst the roster culminated in William Regal, the long serving NXT General Manager, declaring that change was needed to end the level of unruliness previously unheard of in the brand.
Reports from multiple sources since then have suggested that the change Regal has in mind is Samoa Joe as a new authority figure in NXT, either working with Regal or replacing him.
Regal has served as the NXT General Manager for seven years with his predecessors including Dusty Rhodes and John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield. Joe’s brand of toughness and charisma certainly fits the profile of that role to a tee.
Joe was previously part of the NXT brand from 2015 until January 2017 when he moved to the main roster. Before NXT he had also won the TNA Wrestling World Championship during a long tenure with the company as well as becoming the longest reigning Ring Of Honour champion in 2002. A record that stands to this day.
Joe was released by WWE in April 2021 after a stint as the colour commentator on Raw. He has not wrestled for the company since early 2021.