Samoa Joe was trying to help WWE grow their tape library.
On the March 2 episode of AEW Dynamite, Tony Khan announced that he had just signed a deal to acquire Ring of Honor and was also in possession of their extensive video library dating back to 2002.
At ROH Supercard of Honor, Samoa Joe made his surprise return to ROH, with Tony Khan also revealing that Joe had signed with AEW. During the post-show media scrum, Samoa Joe revealed that he was pushing hard to buy the ROH library for WWE while he was still under their employment.
"[Tony Khan buying ROH] was a major surprise to me, especially coming from my former position and how hard I was pushing to buy the library for the other company. It let me know why it was being such a difficult process. When that did come up, at the same, having Tony have it and know how much he loves wrestling and knowing how much he loved ROH and product, just from our meetings and the time knowing each other, I knew it would be good hands. I knew it would be treated with respect and it would be kind of made available to the fans in the best way possible. I was very happy with it," Joe said.
On January 6, 2022, Samoa Joe was released by WWE for the second time in less than a year.
Joe is the longest-reigning ROH Champion of all time and was part of the inaugural class for the ROH Hall of Fame.
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