Samoa Joe told AM New York about what lured him to WWE NXT:
I knew NXT was really, really gaining a lot of steam, it was kind of exploding and making kind of this tremendous impact on the industry in general. To be there and help further that movement and further that expansion was very, very interesting to me. I’ve had the pleasure of being on the forefront of new brands expanding the industry and building things from scratch and from the ground up, and NXT is very much the same environment. It’s a really awesome environment to work in. You get this crazy opportunity to be on the ground floor of something and really establish it, and make it a bigger presence in the industry. It’s just fun, man. There’s a revolutionary energy behind it and it’s really invigorating for me as well as NXT.
Joe will compete for the WWE NXT Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura at NXT TakeOver: Toronto this weekend but there are plans for him eventually to be called up to the main WWE roster.