Booker T: Samoa Joe Can Thrive On His Return To WWE NXT
Joe returned to NXT last Tuesday
Booker T believes Samoa Joe has an excellent opportunity to thrive in his new role following last week's return to WWE NXT.
Joe made his comeback in WWE's black-and-gold brand last Tuesday, just two months after being released by the promotion, and was made general manager William Regal's new assistant and protection.
The former NXT Champion wasted no time in laying down his authority, choking out Adam Cole and having confrontations with Johnny Gargano and Pete Dunne.
Booker T compared Joe to Finn Balor in saying both are incredibly talented, but ended up slightly lost in the shuffle of the main roster. With a return to NXT, Joe has the chance to establish himself again.
Speaking on the latest episode of his Hall Of Fame Podcast, Booker said: "I think sometimes, just like with Finn Balor when he came up to the main roster and kind of got lost in the shuffle. Finn Balor's a hell of a talent but he was like a guy that... he's there but he's not really doing a whole lot because there are so many parts to that machine that everybody's trying to get a piece of.
"Take a step back and go back to NXT and it looks like he's feeling a lot better, looking a lot better and he's getting a whole lot more TV time. Samoa Joe, I think that's a spot for Joe to thrive in, in an authoritative perspective or in-ring. I think Joe will do much better as a talent in NXT."