Triple H addresses the WWE releases and explains what happened with Samoa Joe

In an interview with, Triple H commented on WWE releasing stars in recent months…

“Coming out of COVID and a pandemic and everything else, all companies are having to make difficult decisions and we were no different. It’s a part of what we do and it happens on a regular basis, all companies have to do it. It’s not the most pleasant part of what you do, but it is what it is.”

Triple H also explained what happened with Samoa Joe being released and then brought back to the NXT brand…

“It wasn’t like he got let go from one part of the company and the other part of the company [hired him]. It’s all one big company. Everybody knows what everybody’s doing. … There was an opportunity for him to transition, no different than you would say, ‘Well, he was released from this pitching contract and started managing the team and became a coach.’ It’s a similar situation.”

Samoa Joe’s new WWE role was discussed long before his release

The idea of Samoa Joe one day returning to NXT and taking on a backstage role was discussed long before his WWE release and eventual re-signing. Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE executive vice president for global talent strategy and development, saw something in Joe even from the time he signed with WWE and NXT in 2015.