The surprising list of releases by WWE continues to grow in 2022 with the latest report confirming that Samoa Joe has since been released by the company. Samoa Joe last appeared on WWE NXT before the 2.0 relaunch where he defeated Karrion Kross for the brand’s top championship at NXT TakeOver 36, only to relinquish the belt a few weeks later due to “undisclosed injuries.” Kross was then called up to the main roster to appear on WWE Raw, but he too was released in 2021 due to ongoing budget cuts. Samoa Joe previously worked as a commentator for WWE Raw but was released, only to be brought back by Triple H in an “enforcer” role on WWE NXT.
This latest release was first reported by Fightful and was next after many WWE NXT behind-the-scenes workers and crew members were also let go from the company. It comes in the wake of the relaunch of NXT 2.0, which was executed shortly after Triple H stepped away from his role behind the scenes due to health issues. It was reported that WWE boss Vince McMahon took more control of the NXT brand with an increased role for Shawn Michaels, and production eventually shifted to the NXT 2.0 program as it exists now.
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from Ultimate Comic Blog