Samoa Joe could be set for a sensational WWE comeback just months after being axed by the company.
The veteran performer was one of the highest-profile performers to be let go by Vince McMahon's empire in April.
His surprise departure, just after he’d appeared as a commentator at WrestleMania, came as a huge shock to fans, who viewed the 42-year-old as being someone with plenty of unfinished business with the company.
Hopes he might yet still get a chance to contribute were raised on Friday night, June 11, however, as reports linked him to a potential comeback with WWE’s NXT brand.
Fightful Select states that "numerous" figures within the NXT set-up ad heard they were "interested in bringing in Samoa Joe".
It was later added that NXT officials had confirmed that the star had in fact been at WWE’s Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, during this week, though the reason for his visit is as yet unknown.
After a dominant career on the independent wrestling scene and with the likes of Impact Wrestling in the States, the hugely talented Joe made his debut in WWE via NXT in 2015.
He performed to a similarly stellar level there and went on to become NXT Champion, before making the move to WWE’s flagship show, Monday Night Raw, in 2017.
Barring fleeting rivalries with the likes of Brock Lesnar, Joe was never afforded a lengthy main event level feud in WWE and transitioned into a commentary role after time out with injury.
Rumours had surfaced he may be set for an in-ring return with the company before the news came of his departure in April, alongside Billie Kay and Bo Dallas.
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Quite how any return for Joe in NXT may manifest itself is currently unknown, but Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp added that NXT is said to be "open to a variety of roles".
Joe’s April exit was among a string of high-profile exits from WWE, which also parted company with former Universal Champion Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, and leading commentator Tom Phillips in June.