Samoa Joe has been out of action for a couple of weeks now and it has already been announced by the WWE that he's going to be missing the Royal Rumble match this weekend in Philadelphia, but his immediate future might not be as bleak as first thought.
Two weeks ago on Monday Night Raw, The Destroyer won a match against Rhyno on the show and announced after his match that he would be entering the Royal Rumble and coming after John Cena, indicating that his next feud would be against the 16-time world champion.
The Samoan Submission Specialist was also in the running to be Bayley's partner for WWE's Mixed Match Challenge, but WWE later announced that Joe would be pulled from the Royal Rumble and the Mixed Match Challenge due to a foot injury.
There is a major concern that because of his injury, the feud between Joe and Cena will no longer take place following the Rumble as Joe won't be able to make the Rumble to set up the angle.
Speaking on Booker T's Heated Conversations podcast, via Cageside Seats, Joe revealed what his current injury situation is and how much time he is going to miss. The Destroyer said: “As of right now it’s kind of a week-to-week thing. With these injuries sometimes they heal sooner, sometimes they heal later.
"They are going to do a little bit of an ultrasound, check it out every week. They’re going to be giving me treatments. It’s not something that can be fixed surgically. It’s basically a lot of time, rest, and elevation, and letting it heal. It just depends on how quick it heals.
"Hopefully, it will be sooner than later. Obviously, we’re going to be past the [Royal] Rumble, but I don’t know how much further past that.”
While he's definitely out for the Royal Rumble, there is still hope he will be able to compete at WrestleMania 34 later this year in New Orleans. If WWE wants Joe to fully recover, it means he could be out of action until early March, bringing him back in time for WWE's biggest show of the year.
WWE fans will be keeping their fingers crossed that The Destroyer is able to return sooner rather than later so he can have a feud with Cena before the 16-time world champion goes on to face The Undertaker at WrestleMania.
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