WWE set to re-hire Samoa Joe for NXT just weeks after sacking ex-champion with Triple H fearing he will join rivals AEW

WWE are reportedly set to re-hire Samoa Joe for their NXT brand just weeks after he was released from the company.

PWinsider claim that the 42-year-old been seen at least once at the WWE Performance Center in recent weeks ahead of his on-screen return.

The report adds that NXT founder Triple H wanted Joe back within the development brand before he could sign a deal with rivals AEW.

And now the former RAW commentator's role in WWE has seemingly been revealed following the apparent departure of William Regal.

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During NXT TakeOver: In Your House, it was suggested that the Brit could be set to call time on his position as General Manager.

According to respected wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer, Regal's exit could be the signal for Joe to become the brand's new authority figure.

He told the Wrestling Observer Radio: “So, I think that’s the cue for Samoa Joe. I don’t know that 100 per cent.

“I was told today that Samoa Joe was in a Regal-like role, then all of a sudden Regal’s talking like he’s stepping down, so maybe the Regal-like role is Regal’s role.

“But, if he’s leaving, based on what I was told, Samoa Joe was definitely the favorite to be the new commissioner.

“Joe is in, and he’s in as a non-wrestler, so I think that tells you that he’s not cleared, so even if you want him to go to another company, if he’s not medically cleared, I don’t want to say impossible, because we’ve seen too many examples are people not medically cleared for life, who end up wrestling again.”

Meltzer added: “He has taken a job in NXT and he’s doing something there, and he may be as the new authority figure on television, or he may not be, but he’s gonna be behind the scenes.”

Former NXT Champion Joe was let go by the company back in April, alongside the likes of Mickie James and Billie Kay.

Astonishingly it came EXACTLY a year since McMahon made his first round of coronavirus-related releases that saw Kurt Angle among others leave.

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