For the second time in less than a year, Samoa Joe has been released by WWE.
The 42-year-old Joe (actual identify Nuufolau Joel Seanoa) was amongst extra than a dozen personnel released from the WWE Efficiency Heart this week. Information of his launch was first reported by Fightful.
“Extraordinarily lucky and grateful to all of the younger & wonderful expertise I had the pleasure of working with in the previous months,” Joe tweeted on Thursday night. “Solely saddened on the lack of an ‘excuse’ to see their continued progress & achievement . I’m very excited for there future,….. and mine.”
Joe was beforehand let go from WWE throughout a spherical of cuts in April 2021. However shortly after being fired, he was contacted by Paul “Triple H” Levesque about returning to WWE for a place in NXT.
After returning, Joe labored as each an on-screen character and as a expertise scout for WWE. He initially had the function of an authority determine in NXT earlier than returning to the ring for an NXT championship match towards Karrion Kross at TakeOver 36 final August.
Joe defeated Kross to win the NXT championship, however he by no means had one other match for WWE. It was introduced in September that Joe had relinquished the title resulting from undisclosed accidents. Joe stated that he would solely be out of motion for a temporary however undetermined quantity of time.
Joe relinquishing the title coincided with the launch of NXT 2.0, a revamp of WWE’s developmental model specializing in youthful and less skilled expertise.
Joe has been a star for WWE, TNA Wrestling, and Ring of Honor throughout his profession. Resulting from concussion points forcing him out of motion in February 2020, Joe was working as a commentator for WWE previous to his preliminary launch from the corporate. He was cleared to return forward of his match towards Kross at TakeOver 36.
Joe is a three-time NXT champion.
William Regal, Street Dogg, Timothy Thatcher, Danny Burch, Hideki Suzuki, Allison Hazard, Dave Kapoor, Scott Armstrong, George Carroll, Ace Metal, Ryan Katz, and Gabe Sapolsky have been additionally released by WWE throughout this week’s Efficiency Heart workers cuts.
“With the continued evolution of NXT 2.0, we’ve determined to half methods with among the workers based mostly in our Efficiency Heart,” WWE stated in a assertion. “We thank them for their many contributions all through the years and want them the most effective.”
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