Samoa Joe Talks About Moving Up To WWE’s Main Roster
When Samoa Joe arrived in WWE, he was told that there may not be much more for him other than NXT. He said on a recent episode of Talk Is Jericho that he saw NXT as an opportunity to get his foot in the door to show the company what he could do.
“I think the initial idea was, ‘let’s just bring him in for NXT’ and we got such a good response with everything that it kind of really blew up even beyond that and here I am on the main roster.” Joe said, “and really to the company’s credit, it wasn’t something that was set in stone. Like, the scenario that was laid out before me was like, ‘listen, we can use you here in NXT, but we don’t really think that it’ll go much beyond that.’
“I really wasn’t worried. It was kind of a foot-in-the-door deal and I had a lot of good people rooting for me at the time.
“I think it was a cultural thing here in WWE. I think that for a long time, past TNA projects that they had brought in hadn’t done well. And I think there was a major push within the company that says, ‘we’re going to build guys from scratch on our own.’ They had put a tremendous amount of money into the PC and the Performance Center, which is producing great talent. So it was kind of like, ‘hey, this is a guy who can help us build NXT into a brand.’”
Joe definitely made a name for himself in NXT, and since hitting the main roster, he has only shined brighter.
Cedric Alexander Returning To Action Soon
WWE has announced that Cedric Alexander is returning to in-ring action soon.
— WWE (@WWE) May 10, 2017
The Cruiserweight hasn’t been seen since suffering a knee injury back in December.
Shinsuke Nakamura In The US Title Picture?
It looks as if Shinsuke Nakamura may already have his next feud already lined up. When he gets done dispatching Dolph Ziggler at Backlash, it appears as if he will be in contention for the US Title. He and Kevin Owens are being advertised for the June 26th live event in Bakersfield, California, so maybe we will get Owens vs Nakamura heading into the summer.
We’ve seen it once before back in Ring of Honor, and it was both great in terms of action and so entertaining in terms of Owens (Kevin Steen at the time) trying to figure Nakamura out. A repeat of this would be incredible.