What Is Next For Samoa Joe Following WWE Release?

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April 15th is becoming a grim day for the WWE roster, as two years in a row now, it’s been the day when WWE makes big cuts into their roster. Ten names were released yesterday, including Peyton Royce, Billie Kay, Wesley Blake, and biggest of all; Samoa Joe.

Samoa Joe had signed with WWE in 2015 as part of the NXT brand, where he’d win the first Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic and become the first man to hold the NXT Championship twice. Moving to RAW & Smackdown, he’d become a United States Champion, feud with Roman Reigns & AJ Styles, and even have an underrated brawl with Brock Lesnar at Great Balls Of Fire in 2017.

Due to injuries, he spent a good chunk of his last years in WWE behind the commentary desk, but just as he got geared up for another run in the ring, he would be released. He’s got a ninety day non-compete clause to sit out, but once that’s done: where can we expect The Samoan Submission Machine?

Already Being Teased To Return To Impact Wrestling

While many fans consider his run as Ring Of Honor champion to be the best run of his career, Samoa Joe is also a legend in Impact Wrestling. Because of this, it wasn’t shocking to see Scott D’Amore tease him returning at Slammiversary. Impact Wrestling’s major PPV event comes exactly 90 days after his non-compete clause ends, which D’Amore noted with his tweet saying the following. “There has to be an event within 90 days being up that would make the perfect celebration of Joe & friends new found freedom.”

Depending on the result of the coming Kenny Omega vs. Rich Swann match, Impact Wrestling might be in need of a savior should Omega become Impact Champion. Who better than a former World Champion who can choke out anyone on a moment’s notice to humble someone like Kenny Omega. We will likely see Joe at least pop up on Impact Wrestling, but he might look to go bigger for his return run.

AEW Would Be Fools To Not Go After Samoa Joe

When it comes to the AEW roster, they’re stacked with talent, but any locker room would be better for having someone like Samoa Joe in the mix. AEW needs veteran names that can still go in the ring, and men like Jon Moxley, Christopher Daniels & Eddie Kingston will gladly vouch for someone like Samoa Joe.

He’s a type who can debut anywhere and be an instant contender for a top championship, something which WWE ignored following his stint in NXT. After being cooled off in WWE, he needs to have a hot start to his next run, and AEW is the best place to get some heat going right now.

There are other places to expect Samoa Joe once things start to open up again, as he’s iconic to ROH and has a history in Pro Wrestling NOAH, two promotions who’d be glad to see him back. It’d be hard to not see offers not come from all sides for Samoa Joe, and in just 90 short days, he’ll be back to kick some ass.

Where do you hope to see Samoa Joe when he’s able to show up again? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.

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