The last few years have been eventful for WWE to say the least and mass releases became quite common. Many people were released under Vince McMahon’s regime, but since Triple H has taken over WWE creative quite a few names have been brought back to the company.
Samoa Joe knows a thing or two about getting released from WWE as the company let him go in April of 2020, then brought him back before releasing him once again in January of 2022. Recently Joe appeared on The Sessions with Renee Paquette where he claimed that the upper echelon of WWE management were playing out a war using the careers of others.
“That, initially, as I understand it, unconfirmed, there were issues between the two upper echelons of management and they were playing out their war with the careers and contracts of the people underneath them. After the initial one, I didn’t have much of a chance to breathe because, essentially, I was hired back within hours.
The second time, I just kind of chuckled as I realize it was very much the same situation. At the same time, I wasn’t bitter or mad. The truth of it is, and this is to give WWE some credence, is that I was expensive. I was expensive to keep around. If cutting my contract, if they say that saved the company money, trust me, I believe it did. I wasn’t hot about that. It was just more the silliness of the situation, what they were doing, and the reasoning why they were doing it, which I can never officially confirm, but I’ve heard from enough people that I have a pretty good idea…including many of the people involved. After that, I think I spent a day pissed. More of the situation than the actual firing. Then, all these super awesome opportunities literally materialized.”
Following his WWE release Samoa Joe signed with AEW. He is the current ROH TV Champion and he will be challenging Darby Allin for the TNT Championship this week on Dynamite.