Last night on WWE RAW, Samoa Joe made his long-awaited debut, attacking Seth Rollins.
In case you missed it, Rollins made a surprise appearance at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio on Saturday to call out Triple H, and last night on Raw, Rollins had a face-to-face meeting with Stephanie in which Rollins called Triple H a gutless snake. Stephanie told Rollins that Triple H is on his way to RAW.
At the end of the show, Triple H came out and went over the history between him and Rollins. Triple H called Rollins out saying you met your creator, now come met your destroyer. Rollins came out, and was attacked by Samoa Joe, Triple H walked to the back as Joe annihilated Rollins and choked him out a Coquina Clutch.
With Samoa Joe defeating Fin Balor last night for the NXT Championship, Joe becomes the first and only person to hold the WWE NXT, ROH and TNA Titles.
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In regards to WWE NXT Champion Finn Balor coming to the main roster, he could be called up by the end of the year but there are still short-term plans for him to be the face of NXT, according to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Live today.
There is still talk of having Samoa Joe defeat Balor for the NXT Title at NXT Takeover: Dallas, but that is not a lock.
We noted before that there has been talk of bringing Joe to the main roster, possibly as soon as the post-WrestleMania RAW, but a title win would extend the Balor vs. Joe feud and keep Joe in NXT for a little while longer.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, plans are currently in place to bring Samoa Joe to the WWE main roster following WrestleMania, maybe even as early as the post-Mania episode of Raw. There has also been talk in WWE of having Samoa Joe defeat Finn Balor for the NXT Title, and if that takes place then it’s likely Joe’s main roster debut will be delayed.
In addition to Joe, there has been a lot of consideration lately being given to the idea of bringing Sami Zayn up to the main roster to feud with Kevin Owens.
Regarding Finn Balor’s main roster status, it appears unlikely he will be called up after WrestleMania, as officials are still looking at him to be the face of the NXT brand past March.
Carmella, Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady def. Alexa Bliss, Blake & Murphy
Charlotte def. KC Cassidy – Submission
Dana Brooke cut a promo, she says she is misunderstood. She talked about how she has been competing in a fitness competition. She tells Charlotte that she’s being replaced by the “Total Diva” and that some have to earn their way in NXT instead of having the door opened by their family name. For some odd reason, Dana wasn’t looking into the camera.
Samoa Joe VS Kevin Owens: The ref ended up getting smashed between them and called for the bell, the match was ruled a No Contest. After the match, the two kept fighting, several officials had to come out to break them up.
WWE.com Exclusive Video – Samoa Joe wants more of Kevin Owens.
It was noted before that although Samoa Joe has now signed a full-time deal with WWE he would still be teaming with AJ Styles against Daniels & Kazarian at the June 20th Ring of Honor TV tapings in New York City. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that WWE pushed for that match to not be taped for TV. Last word is that the match would no longer be taped.
Joe is not taking indie dates past August 31st because he will be working WWE full-time beginning in September.
PWTorch.com reports that WWE officials were so impressed with Samoa Joe and his merchandise sales that Vince McMahon and Triple H personally pushed for him to sign a full-time WWE contact. PWInsider has confirmed that Joe has signed a full-time deal and that’s why he was at RAW last night, defeating Tyson Kidd in a match before the start of RAW.
The fact that Joe’s appearances for Ring of Honor will now air on national cable TV also played into the decision for WWE to sign him to a full-time deal.
Joe’s current NXT deal reportedly has a clause that would let WWE sign him to a full-time deal. WWE chose to execute that clause this past Thursday after ROH announced their deal with Destination America. Joe and WWE signed an addendum to the original deal, now making Joe a full-time WWE worker.
Even though Joe has now signed a full-time deal with WWE, he will still be fulfilling his indie dates that were booked. ROH has confirmed that Joe will still be working their June 20th TV tapings in New York City, in what appears to be Joe’s final ROH appearance. Absolute Intense Wrestling in Cleveland announced last night that Joe has been added to their July 10th show.
Joe is booked for the big WWE NXT live events in Pittsburgh, PA and Columbus, OH this month. PWInsider reports that Joe is not currently booked for tonight’s SmackDown tapings so unless things change, Joe will not be the one who will answer NXT Champion Kevin Owens open challenge.