When it comes to recovering from his recent injury, WWE Superstar Samoa Joe is taking it one week at a time.
During an appearance on Booker T’s “Heated Conversations,” the Samoan Submission Machine provided an update on his current status and a little bit of insight into the recent injury he suffered and how he is taking the recovery process. Joe injured his foot during a match with Rhyno on the Jan. 8 episode of Raw.
The injury resulted in him being removed from the WWE Mixed Match Challenge tournament where he was scheduled to team up with Bayley. It also scratched the two-time NXT Champion from this year’s Royal Rumble.
In the interview, Joe noted a younger version of himself would be stressing out and making the situation a lot worse than what it is. However, the season veteran knows what he needs to do in order to make a healthy return to the ring. Wrestling Inc., provided a transcript of the interview on their website.
When asked if Joe had a specific time for his return, he said it is something he’ll have to take a “wait and see” approach with each week.
“With these injuries sometimes they heal sooner, sometimes they heal later. They are going to do a little bit of an ultrasound, check it out every week. They’re going to be giving me treatments. It’s not something that can be fixed surgically. It’s basically a lot of time, rest, and elevation, and letting it heal. It just depends on how quick it heals. Hopefully, it will be sooner than later. Obviously, we’re going to be past the [Royal] Rumble, but I don’t know how much further past that.”
Joe made his WWE main roster debut on the Jan. 30, 2017 episode of Raw, attacking Seth Rollins and aligning himself with Triple H.
In the last year, Joe has been involved in some high profile feuds against fellow former NXT Champions Rollins, Finn Balor and Sami Zayn. In June, he defeated Balor, Rollins, Reigns and Wyatt in an Extreme Rules match to challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal title at Great Balls of Fire. During the build up to this feud, Joe famously choked out Lesnar’s manager Paul Heyman.
Joe would receive his second Universal title shot at Summerslam in a fatal-four way with Lesnar, Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns in what would be a Match of the Year candidate.
In the latter part of 2017, Joe took part in the Team Raw vs. Team Smackdown traditional Survivor Series elimination match, and later challenge Reigns for the Intercontinental Championship in a losing effort.
Although Joe had not won any championships in his first year on the main roster, he has certainly made an impression on the WWE Universe. Fans are drawn to his promo skills and killer instinct in the ring.
Joe will miss the first part of 2018, but he has the right mindset when it comes to focusing on getting healthy before he returns to the ring. When he does return, the WWE Universe be on their feet.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? January 7, 2019
For Raw, the main event between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental championship was a great match and a good way to end this rivalry and move forward with both competitors. Ambrose ended up winning after Bobby Lashley interfered and attacked Rollins. This made sense as the show opened with Rollins and Lashley brawling and these two have been at each other for the past few weeks. What’s really good to take out of this is now Rollins can focus on the Royal Rumble and Ambrose can focus on who is next contender is for his championship.
For Smackdown, the push for Shane McMahon and The Miz to go for the tag team championship was an entertaining way to help build this match up at the Royal Rumble. After Shane expressed aggressiveness and prove worthiness to earn a championship match, the Miz tried to impress him by going out there and challenging the Bar to that match by himself. The challenge was accepted and even though that isn’t what Shane meant, they are getting the match that wanted when they first formed.
For Raw, the Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar “face to face” segment fell flat. Strowman struggled on his delivery of insults to Lesnar, and the “face to face” was more of just Lesnar walking around the ring over and over again without getting in Strowman’s face. At this point, anybody but Brock Lesnar needs to hold the Universal championship in order to give it a more important feel.
For Smackdown, there was nothing they had that was really too bad. Smackdown was able to give proper time for all the rivalries they are building up.
The Final Verdict
Smackdown has been hitting on all the right cylinders with their shows for a while now. Once they establish a championship match for the PPV, they give proper buildup and interesting scenarios for each one. Along with that, when Smackdown wants to build up a rivalry just for their show, they are able to do that effectively as well. While Raw does try to do the same, there segments and matches just don’t have the spark that Smackdown is able to deliver. So, with that said, Smackdown had the better show this week. In conclusion, the Royal Rumble is one of the big 4 PPV’s for the year of 2019 for WWE, and so far it looks like everything is going right for Smackdown while Raw is still trying to find their footing.
Nikki Cross Posts Farewell to NXT
WWE superstar Nikki Cross is on her way to the main roster, looking likely to land on the SmackDown roster.
Cross posted the following farewell to NXT, where he has spent the past few years, on her social media page:
See you down the road @WWENXT
This isn’t goodbye…we caused far too much mischief and had too much fun doing it for this to be it… pic.twitter.com/0Fk8wEEUzX— Nikki Cross (@NikkiCrossWWE) January 10, 2019
Matt Hardy Hinting at In-Ring Return
Matt Hardy may not be done wrestling after all.
The WWE superstar, and future WWE Hall of Famer, had been rumored to been winding down his career and transitioning to a backstage role in 2018 as he was dealing with a number of nagging injuries.
Hardy also posted a couple of videos, and posts on social media, that echoed those intentions, at least they appeared to.
Now, Hardy seems to be hinting at an in-ring return in WWE.
Excited to check out the 1st #RAW of 2019 tonight, especially with all the interesting things that are advertised. Most importantly, I need to see where all the pieces are positioned & moving to on the @WWE chess board.
ALMOST TIME TO GET BACK INTO THE GREAT GAME…. AGEEN! pic.twitter.com/WFXeCiHb1h— #WOKEN, yet #BROKEN, Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) January 8, 2019
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