Samoa Joe has definitely been one of the superstars of the year. He defeated Finn Balor to capture the NXT Championship, and therefore ending The Demon’s record reign of 292 days. He then retained the title by defeated Balor once again, this time inside a steel cage, and became the first person in WWE to beat Balor in his “Demon” persona. Joe did then lose the title to Shinsuke Nakamura, but has since been on a terrific run to take back the championship. He has put Nakamura on the shelf, and is currently beating down everyone on the NXT Roster and cutting scathing promos demanding a rematch with the champion. It should come as know surprise then that WWE look to have a couple of big plans for Samoa Joe.
The first of the plans revolves around his current storyline. Shinsuke Nakamura is due back anytime, and Joe is set to be granted the NXT Championship rematch he has been desperate for. The match though, is set to have a major stipulation. The match appears to be the main event of NXT TakeOver: Toronto, and the loser of the bout will be forced to leave NXT. This TakeOver will take place on November 19th, and will also feature the final of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2016.
Now the next plan for Joe might feature a bit of spoiler in regards to the first plan. This rumour involves Joe’s main roster debut, so assume whatever you want about the NXT TakeOver match. This past week on Raw, Braun Strowman demanded that GM Mick Foley find him some real competition. While it looks like Strowman will get some decent competition in the next few weeks, he should pick up a win each week. That is, until he runs into Samoa Joe. Yes, Samoa Joe is set to debut on Raw and be Braun Strowman’s first real challenge. This is really interesting, as this implies Joe will debut as a face. Plus, he’s going to the brand that doesn’t really need more big names, when Smackdown could really use a star like Samoa Joe.
Either way though, it’s nice to see that WWE have plans for Samoa Joe, and realise that he is a big name. It’s fair to day that WWE’s treatment of former NXT talent has been mixed at best, so here’s hoping that Joe is treated correctly.
So, what do you think of these rumours? Would you prefer to see Samoa Joe debut on Raw or Smackdown?
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