Samoa Joe was among the several WWE Superstars who were recently let go by the company. Among the Superstars released included Peyton Royce, Billie Kay, Mojo Rawley and others. Many fans were simply shocked at WWE releasing Samoa Joe, who had become a staple as part of the WWE commentary team for over a year now. Finn Balor also previously leaked a major update on Bray Wyatt.
His last appearance was at WrestleMania 37 as he worked alongside Michael Cole and announced both Night One and Two of WrestleMania 37. That all changed once Samoa Joe made his return back in June to NXT. Eventually, Samoa Joe won the NXT Championship in his in-ring return after he defeated Karrion Kross for the title at the NXT TakeOver 36 special last month.
Unfortunately, Samoa Joe had to relinquish his NXT Championship after suffering an undisclosed injury. As reported by PWInsider, many NXT Superstars fear for their jobs after the recent slew of WWE NXT releases, and now their top champion being injured.
There is a lot of trepidation among NXT talents going into tonight’s taping. There had already been a lot of stress and concern among talents after the last batch of releases, since the feeling among many is that talents who did “everything they were supposed to” and/or were “great talents” were released, leaving some those who remained that PWInsider.com has spoken with feeling as if everyone was now on thin ice and that even if they did the right thing, it didn’t matter and their runs could be over at any point with no notice. While that was always true, there had previously been a feeling that they were in a protective cocoon of sorts thanks to Paul Levesque, but that feeling was ripped away obviously.