Samoa Joe Relinquishes the NXT Championship: A Review

Just when you thought the black and gold brand had already hit the bottom of the barrel

Over the summer, WWE has done their best to gut NXT of most anything that would make it an enjoyable show to watch. While I admire their balls to the wall business strategy here, I can’t call it very smart to fire 60% of your talent in the hopes of reviving a 2008 reality show, whose best moments included “the Genesis of McGuillicutty.” I also miss the prime era of Top Model, but some things are best left in the past. For NXT, their best days seem firmly behind them, made even more evident by Sunday night’s unfortunate surprise announcement. Samoa Joe took to Twitter to deal another blow to an already waning brand; due to a recent injury, he has to relinquish his recently won NXT Championship. You truly hate to see it. In his video, Joe reminded us that his goals on returning to competition in NXT were to restore respect to the brand and it’s title. With the Samoan Submission Machine on the shelf indeterminately, all the colorful rebranding in the world can’t make that seem like a less than impossible goal.