June 9, 2024

Samoa Joe on his WWE Release: “I was expensive to keep around”

Samoa Joe has wrestled all over the world, he has immense experience in pro wrestling. He was released by WWE in 2022. Samoa Joe is currently signed with AEW.

Samoa Joe recently was in The Session with Renee Paquette podcast, where he talked about WWE, AEW and more.

Samoa Joe on his WWE release

“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,”(H/T: Fightful)

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