Latest details regarding Samoa Joe’s return to NXT and his current role in WWE

During an appearance on Ryan Satin’s Out of Character podcast, Samoa Joe talked about his release from WWE…

“It wasn’t unexpected [WWE releasing him], but at the same time I was relatively calm about it. I’ve kind of been in this situation before. A younger me probably would’ve been really, really freaked out, but at this point you just role pivot.”

“I sent some company farewell texts to people saying, ‘Hey, pleasure working with you.’ Some genuine people that I really, really enjoyed working with, and just some general, ‘Hey, thanks, I’m sure we’ll talk down the road at some point,’ or something like that. I got a text back [from Triple H], ‘Hey, give me a minute, getting out of a meeting.’ We had a brief conversation, which was essentially like, ‘Give us a little bit of time. I’ll work out a package and we’ll talk soon.’ ‘Alright, that’s totally fine, I have no problem with that.’ And it led to my return to NXT.”

Joe talked about what he’s currently doing in WWE NXT…

“It wasn’t just about coming back to NXT and being an enforcer and having a role on the show. I’m working in the Talent Scouting department, a few more administrative things here and there behind the scenes, it’s a little bit of a transition for me too into some of the other aspects of the business of WWE.”

“It was a really great, cool opportunity that Hunter offered me and I’m still a performer within the confines of WWE.” (quotes courtesy of