WWE NXT Superstar Samoa Joe recently appeared on Ryan Satin’s Out Of Character podcast. The former ROH and TNA World Champion discussed a number of topics during his time on the show, including his new role as an enforcer on Tuesday nights after being released.
“It was weird” Samoa Joe began, discussing the call from John Laurinaitis where he was told he would be released. “Johnny [Laurinaitis] called me and I thought hey that’s a rare call from Johnny. I’m like ’˜Hey Johnny how are you doing?’”
“He told me ’˜Hey, listen, we’re going to have to release you from your contract.’ I was like ’˜OK, cool’” Joe continued. “He went ’˜We think the world of you and we would love to work with you again.’”
Why did WWE release Samoa Joe?
“I was like ’˜OK yeah absolutely Johnny.’ And honestly I did have a bit of an understanding. Obviously at the time dealing with injuries, coming back and getting ready to get my rehabilitation going, we are in a pandemic all that stuff. I got it, it wasn’t unexpected” Joe revealed.
“A younger me probably would have been really freaked out but at this point you roll pivot” Joe noted. “That’s really all there is to it in life general. At that point I was setting up the framework for what I was going to do next.”
Samoa Joe finished by revealing that he was offered this new role the same day that he got released by Triple H personally. “A few hours later I get a call from Hunter and that pretty much all kind of changed.”