Samoa Joe hasn’t been a full-time in-ring performer in over two years due to concussion issues although he had one match last year where he beat Karrion Kross to win the NXT Title at NXT TakeOver 36. He later vacated the title, which was after he tested positive for COVID-19.
"Since my departure from WWE, I've been consumed with outside work, outside of the wrestling industry. A lot of cool voice over work, been busy with that. As far as my future (in wrestling), I kind of started my road back to the ring in NXT. That road never really stopped, I just kept training. Being in the PC at the time with a lot of young talent, working with guys who are now...I want to put over some NXT talent.”
He praised The Creed Brothers, Solo Sikoa, and Bron Breakker. He was disappointed he didn’t get to work with Breakker. He then circled back to his future: "We're training. We're ready. I'm not on paper with anybody, anywhere, we haven't signed anything. We're just kind of exploring our options.”
Joe stated he’s taking some personal time and he will see what the coming months hold.
“I'm not really engaged with anybody or exploring that. I've been consumed with my other work, which has been nice, we're now getting back to pro wrestling and seeing where we go from here."
As far as regarding the possibility of going to AEW or returning to WWE, Joe stated he’s open to any and all opportunities that come his way, but will make a decision when the time is right.
H/T to Fightful for the transcription