Samoa Joe cut a promo for the live crowd at Full Sail University after WWE NXT: Unstoppable went off the air. You can watch it below:
Renee Young interviewed him in the back, where he discussed the reception from the NXT Universe. He stated he “should have been here all along.” You can watch the interview below:
WrestlingNewsWorld.com was the first publication to report details of a backstage meeting Samoa Joe had with WWE officials at the April 23, 2015 NXT tapings. We detailed his presence shortly after that meeting concluded in a WNW Premium report still available in our Members Area.
On Monday, we reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium that WWE was aware that it had leaked online Joe was possibility debuting at Unstoppable. We also reported Joe would be incorporated into his WWE ring name and his ring name could even stay the same. That question has been answered, as his name will stay "Samoa Joe." That may seem obvious but remember, this is the company that wanted to change Shawne Merriman's name.
In our final update before Wednesday’s show, we reiterated our past reports but noted that Triple H was downplaying WWE’s contact with Joe. Obviously, he downplayed their meeting in hopes of kayfabing the folks that had been following our reports.
Samoa Joe merchandise went on sale immediately following his debut, available in the venue. It was not sold prior to his debut. You can purchase Joe's first WWE shirt online at this link.