There were rumors it was coming and that did nothing to spoil or dampen the reality once it hit — Samoa Joe is back, and that feels damn good.
Sure, he won’t be wrestling, or at least they want to it appear that way at first, but his acting as chief enforcer for General Manager William Regal has already proven to be a fun time, what with his backing down NXT Champion Karrion Kross, choking out Adam Cole, and generally being a badass in a suit all night next to one of the most beloved characters in all of pro wrestling.
Yeah, Joe’s return was definitely the highlight of NXT television this week. Me thinks he’ll be a highlight most weeks going forward too.
Here’s the full playlist of highlights from the show:
- Samoa Joe returns to confront Karrion Kross
- Breezango vs. Imperium
- Samoa Joe puts Adam Cole out with the Coquina Clutch
- Santos Escobar promises to take the NXT North American title
- Kushida vs. Trey Baxter — NXT cruiserweight title match
- Mercedes Martinez responds to Tian Sha
- Franky Monet sows dissent among The Robert Stone Brand
- Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai vs. Kayden Carter & Kacy Catanzaro
- LA Knight ruthlessly turns on Ted DiBiase
- Io Shirai & Zoey Stark fight off The Way
- The Diamond Mine opens next week
- Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher vs. GYV — Tornado Tag match
- Cameron Grimes expresses concern for Ted DiBiase
- MSK aren’t worried about Ciampa & Thatcher
- The Robert Stone Brand want no part of Io Shirai