Samoa Joe is headed back to WWE TV.
Joe suffered a knee injury in late August, which has forced him from competing. The former NXT Champion has since missed several events and has been pulled from WWE television. He was supposed to wrestle John Cena two weeks ago on Raw in Memphis, TN at the FedExForum. Obviously, that match didn’t take place.
Joe suffered the injury at the WWE live event in Jonesboro, Arkansas, where he faced Cena. Joe missed the live event on the next day in Tupelo, Mississippi. Cena ended up facing Bray Wyatt in Tupelo instead. Joe was in Birmingham, Alabama earlier this month for a diagnosis on his injured knee.
During a recent interview with Sky Sports, Joe provided an update on his recovery from injury.
"The recovery's going really well, but I've only been able to perform at about 80 percent capacity since joining NXT. Back then I had no chance to take time off because of the WWE opportunity, before I was just treating the knee problem with ice and elevation at home."
Joe noted that he's doing better and is hoping to be back for WWE's UK tour in November.
"Now it's the best I've ever felt, it really is. I also needed nasal surgery as I've broken my nose about eight times in my career, so I was only breathing at around 60 percent. You have no idea how invigorating it is now."
As seen at Sunday’s WWE No Mercy pay-per-view event in Los Angeles, CA at the Staples Center on the WWE Network, Roman Reigns beat John Cena in a singles match. When asked about Reigns, Joe gave him some high praise.
"Roman Reigns is very good, he's at the peak of his career," Joe said. "The fans have a bone to pick with him, but that doesn't concern me. He's WWE's guy, he's beaten Cena, but he's never beaten me. Next time I'll beat his ass."
Joe had a great feud leading up to the Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view event with Universal Champion Brock Lesnar that led to a match at the event, which saw Lesnar successfully retain the title.
"I've proved I'm a formidable opponent. I got in his face, smashed him in the mouth and took it to him," he said. "I'm coming for him again. It's going to hurt, it always does, but there are no nuances here, you'll see two bad dudes just go at it."
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