In another sign that Samoa Joe might not be headed to WWE after all, Triple H was asked about the situation during an interview. He wisely downplayed the recent visit that Joe paid to the performance center. HHH claims that his chat with Joe only lasted about five minutes and that the two were basically just exchanging pleasantries. He also stated that NXT is more of an environment for a younger performer as opposed to a veteran.
May 19, 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
There are now rumors floating around that Samoa Joe might end up choosing to not sign with WWE after all. The speculations have been fueled by the fact that he has repeatedly stated that CM Punk wants to work another match with him. Since Punk is highly unlikely to ever return to the promotion, the match would have to take place elsewhere. It is also very odd for Joe to keep bringing this up since Punk is so focused on a UFC career.
May 8, 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
When Samoa Joe made a guest appearance at the one man show held by Jim Ross, he told the audience that he had no issues with going through NXT to get to the main roster in WWE. Some have criticized him for giving a political answer. That did not sit well with Ross, who made it a point to respond online. He stated that Joe was simply being a smart business man who understands what it is to be a team player as well.
April 5, 2015
While making a special guest appearance during the Jim Ross one man show, Samoa Joe revealed his plans for the future. He stated that his main goal is to work a match against Brock Lesnar at the next Wrestlemania for the heavyweight championship. He stated that he doesn't care if he has to go through the developmental program in NXT to achieve that goal. Joe is hoping that WWE opts to put him on the main roster immediately, though.
April 3, 2015
To capitalize on the Wrestlemania hype, Jim Ross did a one man show in northern California this week. He brought along a special guest, and the audience was pretty excited to see him. Samoa Joe made a special appearances on the show. The two of them had a discussion onstage, and there was a strong indication that the former world heavyweight champion would be joining the WWE developmental program in the very near future.
March 29, 2015