In a pretty historic moment, last night’s NXT Takeover: Unstoppable saw the first time that a main event talent, established in TNA no less, made his debut for WWE.
Samoa Joe has arrived.
Following rampant speculation over the last few days that he had signed a deal, in addition to Triple H confirming during a conference call that he had met with Joe, fans at Full Sail University had been chanting for Joe during the whole show. Those fans got their wish in the closing moments of the show, when Joe came out and went face-to-face with NXT champion Kevin Owens.
And if that were not interesting enough, PWInsider have reported on the details of the deal between Joe and WWE, and they are pretty groundbreaking.
Joe has agreed a deal for WWE to sell merchandise bearing the established ‘Samoa Joe’ name, evident by the fact that the company is already selling a T-shirt. However, Joe is continuing to accept bookings for independent shows and will be honouring those agreements. Essentially, he has agreed a deal with WWE that will enable him to continue wrestling independently, as well as for the developmental group. It would appear to be a win-win for both sides, as WWE get to take advantage of his reputation and credibility with hardcore wrestling fans, while Joe can use the NXT exposure to increase his worth when it comes to indie bookings.
Joe is expected to work the NXT TV tapings this week, though that is not yet confirmed.