Thanks to the success of Samoa Joe, Kevin Owens and Finn Balor, the road has been paved for independent wrestling veterans to make their way over to WWE. During a recent interview, Christopher Daniels stated that he is interested in following in their footsteps. However, he revealed that he is currently contractually obligated to ROH.
June 15, 2015
Since there was so much confusion within the internet wrestling community over the situation, ROH decided to release an official statement in regards to Samoa Joe working the television taping on June 20, 2015. Even though he is under contract with WWE, he will honor his contract and work the tag team match with AJ Styles. It is being billed as his final appearance.
June 9, 2015
When it was revealed earlier that Samoa Joe had impressed WWE so much that they offered him a full time contract, the internet wrestling community began to wonder if that meant that he was going to be placed on the main roster immediately. Fans are going to have to wait a couple of months, as management needs the former world heavyweight champion to be the focal point of NXT, as star power on the developmental roster has dwindled a bit.
June 2, 2015
Even though he is signed to a contract with WWE now, Samoa Joe is scheduled to make a return to ROH and work a television taping. Of course, that deal has now been complicated because Ring of Honor has now been picked up by Destination America, which means that the promotion can now be seen in every state. World Wrestling Entertainment generally has a policy against performers being used on TV elsewhere.
May 27, 2015
Developmental wrestlers in WWE generally do not get paid a lot of money, and that was one of the things that caused Samoa Joe to be hesitant about signing a contract with the company. In order to get the deal done, management opted to give him a contract that might help them secure more of the top performers on the independent scene. Joe is being allowed to work for other promotions, provided that he does not appear on television.
May 25, 2015
Earlier in the day, it was reported that Samoa Joe had been announced for a big Northeast Wrestling event in August. Some further details have been revealed. Reports have surfaced that the former world heavyweight champion has been actively booking dates for himself in July and August. It is being said that he is actually contacting promoters and accepting their offers after having initially declined the deals to pursue a WWE contract.
May 18, 2015
Professional wrestling fans have been ecstatic over the rumors that Samoa Joe is going to finally join NXT. That might no longer be the case, as the former world heavyweight champion has signed on for an event with Northeast Wrestling in August. He would not have done that if he was on the verge of signing a contract with WWE because the promotion does not usually allow their performers to work for another company.
May 18, 2015
Reports have surfaced that Samoa Joe has signed a developmental contract with WWE. Terms of the deal are said to be for two years. The sum has not been disclosed, but the belief is that someone with the stature of Joe would be able to comment a bit more money that what the NXT performers normally get paid. The company has yet to confirm the signing, but they do not usually make an announcement on developmental signings.
May 15, 2015
Up until recently, people backstage in WWE were very confident that Samoa Joe would be starting in NXT during the month of June. However, there is a bit of uncertainty now being thrown into the mix. People are now saying that the start date might be pushed back, which has led to speculation that the two sides have not been able to completely agree on terms of the contract. There is also the chance that Joe could be second guessing his decision.
April 30, 2015
Rumors spread on Thursday that Samoa Joe met with WWE officials to negotiate a developmental contract. It is now looking more and more likely that it did happen, as Jim Ross himself has confirmed that he saw Joe earlier in the day. Ross is in Orlando, where the performance center happens to be, to tape a show with Mick Foley for the Network. The belief is that Joe will sign a deal and start with NXT around June of 2015.
April 24, 2015