The excitement continues to build for the NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable special event where Kevin Owens defends his NXT Championship against Sami Zayn in the main event, but another rumour of a début taking place has stolen the headlines in the last few days.
Reports are suggesting that former TNA Champion Samoa Joe is set to make his WWE debut on NXT at the TakeOver special this Wednesday.
The event titled ‘Unstoppable’ already boasts an excellent line-up of matches worth tuning in for on the WWE Network, Sasha Banks defend her NXT Women’s Championship against Becky Lynch, Finn Balor will take on Tyler Breeze whilst Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady will attempt to become the NXT Tag Team Champions for the very first time.
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But now that the Samoa Joe news has emerged, the fans in attendance and watching at home will have one eye on the ramp to see whether the rumours do come to fruition and we actually see Samoa Joe on NXT.
It’s no secret, we know that Samoa Joe is headed to the WWE sooner or later after he didn’t sign a new deal with TNA and a stint on NXT has long been rumoured for a number of months, and TakeOver on Wednesday seems like the ideal setting to debut.
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Falcon Arrow is a user on Reddit who is famous for breaking a number of WWE stories. He has claimed that Samoa Joe has signed a multi-year deal with the WWE with a two year guarantee minimum of employment.
He’s claimed that Samoa Joe will be making his debut on NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable but right now it’s not clear just how long Joe will be on NXT.
It does remain doubtful that he will be on NXT for two years as he clearly has the experience and talent to be a major player on the main roster, but at the same time he’s someone who will definitely help the younger, up-and-coming stars on NXT and being a marquee name he will add even more exposure to the already highly popular NXT.
This is Samoa Joe we’re talking about, even though he’s never competed for the WWE he’s a household name for every wrestling fan and there’s no way a Samoa Joe debut in the WWE will be something as simple as a backstage segment.
There are perfect opportunities for the writers to capitalise on, making the most out of a Samoa Joe debut which will be talked about for years to come.
Hideo Itami has injured his shoulder and is expected to miss around 6-8 months of in-ring action so it’s safe to say he won’t be at the TakeOver special.
This opens up the small possibility that Samoa Joe’s potential debut at TakeOver: Unstoppable could be in an actual match up against Finn Bálor and Tyler Breeze which would be a fantastic match, and one where he can ease himself into the surroundings but he will easily handle the pressure.
If he does enter the match, then he has the possibility of winning the match and becoming the number one contender for the NXT Championship.
The second option seems the more likely and the preferred option, there’s a chance that Samoa Joe could appear at the end of the event for a face-to-face stand-off with the NXT Champion and the likelihood is that it will be Kevin Owens.
Sami Zayn is expected to lose the match and take some time off to heal his shoulder, effectively leaving NXT and returning to compete on the main roster.
This would then set up a highly anticipated clash between Samoa Joe and Kevin Owens, that is if he is to make his debut on Wednesday but it’s surely adding to the excitement.