Samoa Joe opens up about being told he may never be used outside of NXT
It has already been reported that Vince McMahon wasn’t hot on Joe before he was signed by WWE and it seems that WWE executives followed his lead and told Joe that he shouldn’t expect a career beyond his run in NXT.
He recently appeared alongside Chris Jericho on his Talk Is Jericho podcast, where he talked about his start in WWE
He said: “I think the initial idea was, ‘let’s just bring him in for NXT’ and we got such a good response with everything that it kind of really blew up even beyond that and here I am on the main roster and really to the company’s credit, it wasn’t something that was set in stone. Like, the scenario that was laid out before me was like, ‘listen, we can use you here in NXT, but we don’t really think that it’ll go much beyond that.’”
“I really wasn’t worried. It was kind of a foot-in-the-door deal and I had a lot of good people rooting for me at the time.”
source: Wrestling Inc