Samoa Joe Relinquishes WWE NXT Title Due To Injury

Samoa Joe is no longer NXT Champion.

Samoa Joe competed in his first match in over a year and a half in August at NXT Takeover 36, where he defeated Karrion Kross to become NXT Champion. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like he'll be wrestling in the immediate future.

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On Sunday evening, Samoa Joe released a video on Twitter, announcing he was relinquishing the championship he won only weeks prior.

His full statement is below:

"Recently WWE medical has informed me that due to certain injuries, they'd like to have me step away from the ring for a brief, but indeterminate amount of time. I realize this week we are on the cusp of a new NXT, we are on the brink of a new era in our history, and that era deserves a fighting champion. That's why it makes a difficult decision very easy to make. Effective immediately, I relinquish the NXT championship. Best of luck to those who will vie for it. My sincerest condolences to whoever wins, because I will be along shortly to recollect what is mine."

As of now the injury is undisclosed. Fightful will work to learn more about the situation, and wish Samoa Joe a speedy recovery. Just last month he became the first ever three-time NXT Champion.

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