Samoa Joe relinquishes WWE NXT championship due to injury

Samoa Joe relinquishes WWE NXT championship due to injury

Samoa Joe has relinquished the WWE NXT Championship after revealing he needs to step away from the ring for a 'brief but indeterminable' period to deal with injuries.

Joe made his return to wrestling at NXT TakeOver 36 in August, competing in his first match in 18 months and winning a record-setting third NXT Title by defeating Karrion Kross. The 42-year-old, however, says that the WWE medical team has advised him to take another spell away from the ring, leading to his decision to vacate the NXT Championship. In a video statement posted to his social media, Joe said: "Recently WWE medical has informed me that, due to certain injuries, they would like to have me step away from the ring for a brief, but indeterminate amount of time.

"I realise that this week we are on the cusp of a new NXT. We are on the brink of a new era in our history, and I realise that era deserves a fighting champion. And that's why it makes a difficult decision very easy to make. "Effective immediately, I relinquish the NXT Championship. Best of luck to those who will vie for it. My sincerest condolences to whoever wins, because I will be along shortly to recollect what's mine." At the time of writing, Joe's injury is undisclosed. WWE had advertised a Fatal-4-Way Match for this Tuesday's NXT to determine the number one contender to the NXT Title, between LA Knight, Pete Dunne, Tommaso Ciampa and Kyle O'Reilly.

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