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Samoa Joe Reveals Why He Returned To WWE Following His First Release, More


As many of you know, Samoa Joe made his return to Ring of Honor at last night’s “Supercard of Honor” event in Dallas, TX.

During the post show media scrum, Samoa Joe commented on his decision to return to WWE after being released the first time, how Tony Khan purchasing ROH impacted his decision to join the company, and more.


You can check out some highlights from the scrum below:

On why he returned to WWE after being released: “At this point, in my career, what I have done, the second release…my going back to WWE was majorly because of the people I had worked with and the relationship I had built in the company, namely Triple H and William Regal. As Triple H, dealing with his situation, which I knew about and was way more concerned about than my employment, and Regal and his departure, I knew the writing was on the wall for me, which is fine. We were a big collective team and a big collective think tank within the company and they went a different way. As far as the release, it’s an up and down process for a lot of people. For me, it just freed me up to pursue a lot of projects that I really want to work on and freed me up to talk with Tony and talk about the future of what he wanted to do and I was very surprised a lot of that matched up.”

On how Tony Khan purchasing ROH impacted his decision to join the company: “It played a role, the initial discussion, obviously Tony was playing his cards close to his chest and not revealing things, heavily alluded to it, but never quite revealing. It did play a role. Obviously, I have a lot of my legacy tied with [ROH] and a lot of work that many fans have enjoyed over the years has been affiliated with the promotion. To see it and to be a part of it and help influence the future of it was kind of an unmissable opportunity.”

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