Samoa Joe is officially back.
A sad and emotional William Regal opened Tuesday's show, reflecting on his time in NXT and praising the brand for how far it's come in his seven years as general manager. Regal said that due to the chaos, he felt he's given everything he could give to the brand before saying he's no longer capable of giving fans what they deserve.
NXT Champion Karrion Kross interrupted Regal, taking credit for running Regal off and wanting him to fall and pray.
This led to the return of Samoa Joe, who was asked by Regal to become the new GM of the brand. Joe declined, instead offering his services as Regal's assistant/protection.
Regal said that Joe could not be a competitor or lay a hand on anyone unless provoked. Joe accepted the offer and then told Kross to leave the ring.
At the end of NXT TakeOver: In Your House, Regal noted that it was time for a change after seven years, citing the recent chaos and bedlam that has run rampant in NXT.
Joe is a former NXT Champion, but hasn't wrestled since February 2020 due to injuries. He served as a commentator on WWE Raw during the pandemic era, but was released by the company on April 15. On June 11, Fightful Select reported NXT was interested in bringing back Joe and that "there's a plan in order already for what Joe will do in NXT, but that role is open to expansion if all parties agree."