On Sunday night, WWE NXT Champion, Samoa Joe announced he is relinquishing the NXT Championship due to an injury by sharing a video. He revealed that he sustained an injury and might not be able to compete for a while. As a result, he decided to vacate the title as NXT deserves a fighting champion.
In the video, Samoa Joe talked about his return and explained that a wrestler could never become bigger than than the brand. Joe also stated that it is time for him to stand on his principles. He informed the fans that the medical staff of WWE has advised him to stay away from a ring for an indefinite amount of time. As a result, he will not complete for some time, and hence he is relinquishing his title.
Samoa Joe’s Return To NXT
WWE has released Samoa Joe back in April. When he was released, Joe was planning for his in-ring return as he was out for some time due to a concussion. As a result, he served as a commentator in WWE for almost an entire year. However, he didn’t stay out of the company for a very long time as Triple H brought him back in May. Hunter ensured him that he would make his in-ring return. Upon returning, Samoa Joe worked as enforcers for William Regals, and at the same time, he was involved in a feud with the NXT Champion, Karrion Kross as well.
Samoa Joe finally got his most-anticipated match against Karrion Kross at NXT TakeOver 36. He defeated the latter to dethrone him and became the new NXT champion. Now, Joe had to relinquish this title without a single defense. There was an angle going on NXT that would set up Samoa Joe’s first title defense.
What’s Next For The NXT Title?
WWE recently advertised that the September 14 episode of NXT would feature a Fatal-4-way match to determine the new no. One contender for the NXT title. This match will take place between Pete Dune, Kyle O’Reilly, LA Knight, and Tomasso Ciampa. Now, it will be interesting to see whether this match will turn into a title match, or WWE will crown the new champion in some other way.