Samoa Joe is back on the flagship show of the sports entertainment company, Monday Night Raw, and is preparing for his return to in-ring action.
Since joining the company, Joe has made a big impact on the landscape of the WWE.
For several years, fans wanted to see Joe sign with WWE following his success in Impact Wrestling and Ring of Honor. Finally, he signed with the company in 2015.
However, instead of being placed on the main roster right away like many fans thought would happen, WWE decided to place him in NXT. He was in NXT for nearly two years.
When Joe first signed with WWE and was placed in NXT, he was a babyface as he feuded with Baron Corbin.
He later turned heel when he attacked Finn Balor following the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament.
He was later called up to the main roster. On the January 30, 2017, episode of Raw, Joe made his official main roster debut by attacking Seth Rollins from behind and aligning himself with Triple H.
If you recall, Joe suffered a knee injury in late August, which has forced him from competing. He later returned but suffered another injury in January, which forced him from missing the biggest event of the year for the sports entertainment company, WrestleMania 34 earlier this month.
Now, he’s feuding with Roman Reigns on Monday Night Raw and will not only be wrestling at the Greatest Royal Rumble event but also the upcoming Backlash pay-per-view event.
The Backlash pay-per-view event takes place on May 6, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey at the Prudential Center and will air on the WWE Network and some traditional pay-per-view outlets. Both Raw and SmackDown brands will be featured.
He will wrestle Reigns at Backlash but his match is unknown at the Greatest Royal Rumble event but it will likely be in the 50-Man Royal Rumble match.
To promote this upcoming event, Joe spoke with Saudi Gazette. During that interview, he spoke about making his in-ring return at the event. Here is what he had to say:
"I'm dying to get back in the ring as I've been nursing an injury, so to be in Saudi Arabia and to be able to get all of those months of frustration out, well I'll definitely be ready to go. It's a return to the ring for me and it's a debut for me in a new culture, so that's two factors that mean I'm looking forward to it."
"Anytime I've traveled to the Middle East I've always experienced the very best in hospitality, they are some of the most kind and wonderful people I've had the chance to meet and I feel that Saudi Arabia shares those same qualities.
I can't wait to learn and experience things for the first time. No matter what your background or where you are from, the one thing we can all respect is when great athletes and great passion leads to great achievements. I think that sport is universally respected around the world."