Samoa Joe has been out of action since late-August after suffering a torn meniscus in his knee at a WWE house show event. Joe was wrestling John Cena when the injury occurred.
WWE has never acknowledged Joe’s injury on-air, and have simply neglected to mention him throughout September. According to a recent interview, however, Joe says he is just waiting on doctor’s final clearance for a return.
Samoa Joe Injury Status
Joe has been in Orlando at the WWE Performance Center working on his rehabilitation. He had this to say to reporters from Sky Sports regarding his rehabilitation.
“The recovery’s going really well but I’ve only been able to perform at about 80 per cent capacity since joining NXT,”
His original timetable for return was October, though that could get pushed back to November and will be dependant on storyline plans as well.
While recovering from the torn meniscus, Joe also took the time to get nasal surgery. The accumulation of several broken noses over the years had left Joe breathing at only 60% capacity.
“Now it’s the best I’ve ever felt, it really is. I also needed nasal surgery as I’ve broken my nose about eight times in my career so I was only breathing at around 60%. You have no idea how invigorating it is now.”
Several boxers and MMA fighters have spoken about the improvements to their cardio and overall conditioning which occurs after similar nasal surgeries. Breathing is important.
Samoa Joe as a Top Guy
The injury at the end of August came at an inopportune time for the 38-year-old. The company had just gotten behind him as a main event level performer. Joe and Brock Lesnar headlined the inaugural Great Balls of Fire PPV in July, and he was again part of the main event at this year’s SummerSlam.
Joe sounds confident he will be able to stay competitive with Monday Night Raw’s top guys upon his return. He had this to say regarding possibly facing Brock Lesnar again somewhere down the line.
“I’ve proved I’m a formidable opponent. I got in his face, smashed him in the mouth and took it to him,” he said. “I’m coming for him again. It’s going to hurt, it always does, but there are no nuances here, you’ll see two bad dudes just go at it.”