On the heels of Samoa Joe being launched by WWE on April fifteenth, former TNA Wrestling author Vince Russo just lately commented on why he wasn’t pushed more durable whereas he was in TNA. Granted, Joe is a former Grand Slam champion in TNA however based on Russo, Joe’s weight was an element backstage.
“The issue we at all times had with Samoa Joe, at all times revolved round weight. It was by no means that he was a ache within the ass or he wasn’t proficient or he couldn’t do that… it was at all times (his) weight,” Russo mentioned just lately on his Writing with Russo podcast (transcriptions by way of Sportskeeda).
“So what would occur, and this at all times occurred, it was like a yoyo… Samoa Joe would come to TV wanting nice so now we’re all excited as a result of bodily Samoa Joe might look actually good or look actually unhealthy. He would come to work wanting actually nice so now we’re reserving for ‘Joe was off, Joe misplaced some weight, Joe is in form…’, now we’re reserving for that man. So we’ll e-book six to eight weeks of TV, then we’ll go house, we’re all enthusiastic about Joe, we’re writing the following set of TVs and he comes again and he’s out of form and you may inform within the ring. We had these talks with him on a regular basis. We had been all upfront with this. That is my POV. There’s an enormous distinction in Samoa Joe when he’s in form and when he’s not in form and also you noticed it. This occurred so many occasions.”
Joe is a former TNA World Heavyweight Champion. He additionally held the X-Division title, the short-lived TNA TV title, and twice held the tag titles (as soon as by himself and as soon as with Nick Aldis).