Samoa Joe, who joined WWE in 2015, put on fantastic matches on NXT and also won the NXT Championship twice - one of four Superstars to do so. He was called up to the main roster in 2017 and many expected him to win a few World Titles, but Joe only won the United States Championship.
On his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T admitted he was surprised by WWE's decision to let Samoa Joe leave. He stated that the two-time US Champion was open to doing multiple things for the company.
Here's what Booker T had to say about Joe's release:
"He was on the sidelines, but I always thought Joe was going to do that job. Joe is like me - he's kind of like a utility guy. 'You need me over here, I'll do that; you need me over here, I'll do that.' And be content with actually doing that, not being consumed with: 'Man, I got to get back in the ring, I'm missing the boat.' But, am I surprised that Joe was on the list? I must say 100%, I am. I don't know the ramifications of what happened but I do think it's a loss for the company."
Booker T went on to heap praise on the former United States Champion and stated that Samoa Joe would be a success wherever he goes next.
Booker T and Samoa Joe's in-ring history
Booker T and Samoa Joe crossed paths on a few occasions when the two were a part of TNA in the 2000s.
They faced each other in singles and tag team matches, including an encounter for the TNA World Heavyweight title.
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