By RJ Marceau
Since Samoa Joe lost his NXT Championship to Shinsuke Nakamura at the NXT Japan live event he hasn’t been seen on NXT TV. Joe isn’t advertised for NXT TakeOver: San Antonio so a call-up should happen at the Royal Rumble. I am conflicted in how they should debut Joe whether he interferes in the WWE Championship match between John Cena and AJ Styles or in the Royal Rumble match.
Either way, it would be a surprise but I think him screwing either AJ Styles or John Cena would be a bigger shock. If I was booking it, I would have him screw John Cena to help AJ retain his title. As of now, it seems like they don’t have plans for either AJ or Cena at WrestleMania. Joe would be a perfect opponent for John Cena at WrestleMania. It’s rumored that Cena will be more of a part-timer in 2017 so they could start the feud at the Rumble, face off at WrestleMania and could even wrestle at SummerSlam. I won’t say losing at WrestleMania would kill his career because AJ Styles lost to Jericho but it seems idiotic to have these guys built up to lose at WrestleMania when that is all people will remember.
WWE has failed to realize that most fans only remember who wins at the big PPVs since the rematches at Extreme Rules or Payback are meaningless since the audience is cut in half. I hope they hold off till WrestleMania to have the first encounter instead of wasting a match at Fastlane. I feel like last year it tainted the Jericho and Styles feud since they had faced off multiple times before WrestleMania. This to me made the match less special since it wasn’t the first matchup between them.
The WWE will probably utilize Samoa Joe in the Royal Rumble match so all I ask for is to not waste his talent and put him in some throwaway matchup at WrestleMania. Joe has been a great heel on NXT and should be used the same on the main roster.