Samoa Joe makes NXT return

Jun 15, 2021 - by Marc Middleton

Samoa Joe has returned to WWE NXT.

Tonight’s NXT episode opened up with NXT General Manager William Regal coming to the ring for a speech. Regal closed Sunday’s “Takeover: In Your House” event by saying the brand needs change. He got emotional as he talked about his time with the brand, and how he’s tried his best to deliver for the fans, wrestlers, announcers, and everyone else. Regal went on to say that he can no longer handle the job and it looked as if he was about to step down, but he was interrupted by NXT Champion Karrion Kross and Scarlett.

Kross ran Regal down in his face and taunted him, demanding that he admit Kross was right about Regal losing control of the brand. That’s when the music interrupted and out came Joe to a big return pop.

Joe stared Kross down, and said Regal wanted to speak with him. Regal said he did, but later on, but since he’s here they can talk. Regal said NXT deserves a General Manager that can hold the position with the respect and integrity it deserves, so he wanted Joe to take the job over. Regal said he is no longer able to keep the job up. Joe responded with his answer – absolutely not.

Joe then talked about how Regal has transformed NXT into an international phenomenon, and he would leave big shoes to fill. Joe said while he can’t accept the job, he can offer to make sure Regal receives the respect he deserves from everyone else in NXT. Regal called that an interesting idea, and said there are two conditions – Joe can’t be a competitor, and he can’t lay hands on any NXT Superstars, unless he’s provoked. Joe ended up accepting the offer, and then had more words for Kross, who made his exit with Scarlett. Joe and Regal shook hands to end the segment.

It looks like Joe will be the enforcer to the General Manager with this new role.

It was recently reported how Triple H made the call to bring Joe back to the company after he was released in April. It’s believed he will still wrestle at some point, but that has not been confirmed. Due to concussion issues, Joe was working the RAW announce team at the time of his WWE departure in April.

Regal has been the NXT General Manager since July 2014, and has also worked as a trainer behind-the-scenes, and as WWE’s Director of Talent Development & Head of Global Recruiting. Joe worked the NXT brand from May 2015 until January 2017, and is a two-time NXT Champion.

Stay tuned for more on Joe’s NXT return. Below are a few shots of tonight’s segment from the Capitol Wrestling Center at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando:

7 Responses

  1. Joe A says:

    What a shame. Should’ve gone elsewhere while he still had the chance

  2. Jake Allen says:

    I mean, is this what WWE is about? Making mistakes, then reversing those dumb decisions to get pops from fans? Joe shouldn’t have received a comeback because he shouldn’t have been released in the first place. It’s like your mom demanding your thanks because she gave away your childhood comic books, but then went and got them back. And now she’s screaming, “How dare you not thank me!” ffs…

  3. Taxx W. Hoodchicken says:

    Joes BACK ON NATIONAL TV! I’m glad!

  4. CM Chippunk says:

    Agree w/ Joe A. This is pretty much an iteration of the Austin/Bischoff Co-GM angle, with the “unless provoked” caveat … and it’s on NXT. Waste of Joe’s talent.

  5. Joseph says:

    As far as I know he’s still not cleared to wrestle. So the way I see it, they brought him back and put him into a position where he could easily make an in ring return if he ever gets cleared. He’s also in a position where he could possibly challenge for the title if he ever gets cleared.

  6. Kyle Williamson says:

    I was kind of hoping to see Samoa Joe Vs Kenny Omega for the Impact! World Title

  7. Mark says:

    @Kyle Williamson Honestly I rather see Christopher Daniels Vs Kenny Omega for the Impact! World Title in AEW (Daniels never won the top title in TNA/Impact and is the most underrated not to do so) with Daniels winning the title and taking it back to Impact where Daniels can drop it there to someone like Moose, TJP or James Storm.

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