Former NXT Champion Samoa Joe has returned to WWE in the black-and-gold brand he dominated the most.
SAMOA JOE RETURNED AS AN ENFORCER FOR WILLIAM REGAL
Long-standing NXT General Manager William Regal had been speaking about a change in the company, and as the latest episode of the black-and-gold brand opened from Capitol Wrestling Center, Regal was on the stage, contemplating on quitting the General Manager position he has held for such a long time. Before he could reveal his decision, NXT Champion Karrion Kross appeared alongside his valet, Scarlett.
Kross had some words of contempt for the General Manager, which ended with his remark that the former Intercontinental Champion was taking the right decision in his life by deciding to quit. Before Regal could respond to the remark, a familiar music hit the arena and Samoa Joe appeared. Regal went on to offer “The Samoan Submission Machine” the position of NXT General Manager. However, the two-times NXT Champion declined the offer and revealed his own proposal, to help Regal run the show and receive the respect he deserved.
Regal accepted. However, he had some restrictions for Joe. The former NXT Champion would not be allowed to get physical with any NXT talent until and unless he was provoked to do so. Joe accepted the restriction and then began his now duty, asking the current NXT Champion to get out of the ring. He asked Kross what was he still doing in the ring, and the NXT Champion and Scarlett left the ring slowly as Joe and Regal shook hands to begin their new partnership.
HE WAS RELEASED JUST TWO MONTHS BACK
The return came about two months after his release. He was released alongside the likes of Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Mickie James, Mojo Rawley, Kalisto, Chelsea Green, Bo Dallas, Wesley Blake, and Tucker.
Joe officially debuted in WWE’s developmental territory NXT in May 2015, and signed a full-time contract with the company in June. He went on to become the first ever two-time NXT Champion, and the co-winner of the inaugural Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic with Finn Bálor.
After joining the main roster in January 2017, he headlined several WWE pay-per-view events and contended for both the Universal and WWE Championships. In March 2019, he won his only title on the main roster, the United States Championship.