As it was noted last night at NXT TakeOver: In Your House, William Regal is hinting at big changes coming to NXT because things have gotten out of control with so many brawls happening in and around the arena. It was hinted that perhaps that Regal would be stepping down as the General Manager.
Based on rumors about Samoa Joe being at the Performance Center this past week, Regal’s statement fueled speculation that he would be replaced by Samoa Joe in an authority role. Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that Joe is back with the company and he’s the likely candidate to come into NXT in a commissioner role.
Meltzer said, “So, I think that’s the cue for Samoa Joe. I don’t know that 100 percent. I was told today that Samoa Joe is in a Regal-like role and all of a sudden Regal is 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 is 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 he went] to another company, if he’s not medically cleared … it’s just what it is. He’s taking a job in NXT and he’s doing something there and he may be the new authority figure on television or may not be but he’s gonna be behind the scenes.”
Joe was one of the names released on April 15 due to budget cuts. He was last seen as part of the commentary team at WrestleMania and had been in that role for over a year since he suffered a concussion in early 2020 during a Raw commercial shoot for the USA Network.
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