Is Samoa Joe making his WWE at NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable on Wednesday night?
We are unable to confirm that Samoa Joe is starting with WWE this week. We can tell you it’s been rumored and we can tell you WWE is aware of the rumors. A meeting between WWE officials and Joe took place at the April 23, 2015 NXT tapings. The mood at the tapings was a deal was imminent.
It’s interesting to note Joe is booked for independent shows this summer, which would seem to indicate that he is not headed to WWE. At this point we’ll have to wait and see but we do have more in our Backstage News from Payback.
Who is the next WWE Intercontinental Champion?
That’s a good question and one we’ll learn more about on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw. Advance advertisements have listed Sheamus as Intercontinental Champion, which isn’t hard to believe. The plan is for a new Intercontinental Champion to be crowned in the Elimination Chamber later this month.
I remember a couple months ago you reported about morale being low from Superstars and Divas on the main WWE roster, especially considering how positive seems thing to be with NXT. Has that changed? Is NXT still the place to be?
I found it interesting to see Finn Balor tell MTV he was in no rush to make it to the main roster. Balor was a guy that didn’t even want to sign with WWE unless he was guaranteed a short stay down in developmental. My sources always indicated Balor didn’t want to be “stuck running Bill DeMott’s drills” when he could be having a large degree of success as a star in Japan.
Now, things have changed. Not only is NXT a thriving brand that features competitive wrestling and a touring schedule, Jason Albert is the lead trainer. We’ve heard things are dramatically different and morale has greatly improved since DeMott’s departure from the company. Having written that, Balor is thriving as a star in NXT.
Did you see the crowds at the live events over the weekend? While NXT’s main purpose will always be to develop and season talent, it’s clearly its own brand. And it’s a brand that people are excited to be a part of and with Balor earning a higher downside than most developmental talents, he seems to be in no rush to leave it.