The American wrestling star has been exploring different things to diversify his career, and in a recent conversation with a fellow wrestler and old friend, he discussed what is next for him.
41-year-old professional wrestler Nuufolau Joel Seanoa, better known as Samoa Joe, has recently discovered his talent as a color commentator on the WWE’s Raw team, on which he has competed for the last five years.
Joe was appointed for the role of color commentator following an injury in the final months of 2019, and while he briefly returned to the ring early in 2020, another injury forced him to switch back to commenting, which he has been doing since April.
Samoa Joe standing up to fellow wrestler The Monday Messiah during a WWE Raw night in April 2020. I Image: YouTube/ WWE
The move has prompted wrestling fans to wonder whether this means that Joe’s years as a wrestler are now over and that he is going to focus on doing commentary for the remaining of his career.
"It's been a fun challenge. Obviously, I'm not done in the ring by no means. I think right now I'm exploring things.”
Joe additionally shared that he was currently developing a project as a voice actor with Warner Brothers, and according to Comicbook.com, the project in question could be “Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League,” on which Joe would be voicing the character King Shark.
Meanwhile, there is no information regarding when will Joe actually return to the ring, and his name is not among the wrestlers available for drafting on the WWE for the upcoming season.
For the Night Two of the WWE Draft, wrestlers like King Corbin, Apollo Crews, Nikki Cross, and Erik (of The Viking Raiders), to name a few, are currently eligible.
TALKING TO AN OLD FRIEND
The conversation between Joe and Wilde, a former TNA Knockouts Champion, was not only professional but also a meeting between two old friends, with the two having a friendship that goes back to their time in TNA/Impact Wrestling.
In fact, in her synopsis to the Episode 16 of her podcast, featuring Joe, Wilde introduced him as her “most famous male wrestler friend,” and she called theirs “an intangible connection that has stood the test of time.”
Apart from sharing all kinds of road stories together back from their years as mates in the TNA, Wilde credits Joe with having been a good influence both on her career and in her personal life.
In addition to talking about his own future in wrestling, Joe reflected about women’s wrestling today, and while he admitted that in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic it is “a terrible time to be in any wrestling,” he considers that the past decade has seen a positive change for the female wrestling scene.
“Now I see women featuring more prominently. I think across the board, when you talk about the general quality of women’s work now across the world has grown leaps and bounds,” Joe said.