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Report: WWE NXT Going "In A Different Direction" After Samoa Joe Vacates Title

More time behind the scenes for Joe

Ahead of NXT's reboot on September 14, Samoa Joe has relinquished the brand's championship due to "certain injuries." 

Joe revealed in a short video statement that he will be away from the ring for a "brief but indeterminable" period to deal with the injuries and he will pursue the NXT Championship upon his return. 

With Joe having vacated the title, NXT will be going "in a different direction", according to Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer

Speaking about the situation on Wrestling Observer Radio, Meltzer said: "It's a weird story. He's still with the company. But I don't know if he's going to be wrestling much because the only thing I heard officially from WWE on this, because I contacted unofficially a bunch of people who really didn't know anything - he'd actually said this before people in NXT even had an idea any of this was going on, so it wasn't like they knew anything.

"But the official thing that I was just told is that he was hired to be more of an administrator or whatever, like a front office person, more than a wrestler, so that's gonna be his job. The thing with him and Kross drew interest, it was a big deal in NXT, but they're going in a different direction. Why he couldn't lose the title (in a match instead of vacating it) beats me.

"There's many unanswered questions in this story. If he's gonna be able to wrestle in a couple of weeks, or a short period of time, stripping him kind of makes no sense. There's a lot of vagueness and when there's vagueness there's probably a lot more to it than has come out.

"But my impression is that he's going to be wrestling less going forward, because again, the idea of NXT now is to develop stars for the future, and Joe is in his 40s and in future, he's gonna be a coach and a trainer and things like that, based on what I was told."

Joe returned to WWE in June, two months after his release from the company, and he has begun working behind the scenes as a talent scout. 

With the latest update, it appears Joe will be spending more time behind the camera looking for the next big star as opposed to putting them over on-screen. 

H/T to WrestleTalk

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