When will Samoa Joe be back?

Samoa Joe held the NXT Championship twice and United States Championship twice

by Simone Brugnoli
When will Samoa Joe be back?

It's been several weeks since All Elite Wrestling fans last got to see Samoa Joe in the ring. The current ROH TV Champion successfully defended the title against Jay Lethal at Death Before Dishonor, PPV on July 23, only to literally disappear from the scene.

There was a very specific reason behind his absence: Joe was busy shooting the TV series Twisted Metal, inspired by the famous video game released years ago on PlayStation. Filming has recently wrapped, as stated by the showrunner, and so Joe is free to return to AEW.

We do not know, however, the exact moment in which this will happen and the opponent of him.

Update on Samoa Joe's status

Samoa Joe, as happened with Cesaro, was chosen by Tony Khan to represent the new Ring of Honor, a federation that had risked definitive closure only to be saved by the owner of the AEW.

Initially returning to ROH at Supercard of Honor XV, Samoa Joe became one of AEW's biggest signings in 2022. There are plans to organize a TV show, but the exact timing is not known at the moment. Joe had been one of the pillars of the old ROH before finally marrying Impact in 2005.

Meanwhile, Jay Lethal, with whom Joe had a rivalry, is engaged in a feud with TNT Champion Wardlow. A 3vs3 is scheduled for All Out which will see the debut of Motor City Machine Guns in AEW, right alongside Lethal. Backing Wardlow, however, the FTR will take care of it.

Returning to Joe, however, the 43-year-old Californian played in WWE between 2015 and 2022, winning the United States Championship twice and the NXT Championship three times. The Stamford-based federation had released him for the first time in April 2021, also due to the effects of the pandemic.

"Samoa Joe will help All Elite Wrestling grow further," said Dutch Mantell. "We are talking about a great wrestler, who also has extraordinary talent on the microphone." AEW star Samoa Joe hasn't completely shut the door on a potential WWE return.

"Bron Breakker. I’m a fan of that young gentleman, as well as his family. He’s a great individual, and I love seeing what he can do. Tommaso [Ciampa] is another one. He’s a proven performer, someone who goes in there and gives his heart," Joe said.

"Saying this stuff may feel like we’re closing the door on it, but a lot can change in this industry. So never say never," he added.

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