Samoa Joe hasn’t wrestled in well over a year, but he’s not done yet. He is taking all the time he needs to in order to make sure his concussion situation is fully cleared before making a jump back into the squared circle.
While speaking to Uproxx, Samoa Joe addressed his injury. His concussion situation is a unique one, because the medical community is always learning more about how those injuries heal. In the past decade, concussion research has expanded in a big way. He appreciates the care that WWE is taking with him, and he would rather take a long hiatus from the ring rather than risk further injury.
“I think right now, we’ve learned a lot medically about concussions and recovery and we’re taking the safest and the best approach and I appreciate it. WWE medical, they’ve been great and understanding and wonderful. So I think at this time we’re just taking the best course of action and obviously some things have been delayed just because of the pandemic and medical availability and liability of being in places and traveling to get evaluations and stuff. So, I mean, there’s been some technical holdups as well as just a very careful approach to my return and recovery and I appreciate it. And I’m all aboard, you know? I would rather take this time and miss a large considerable amount of time than potentially this getting more serious. It took (WWE) a lot to talk me down. But after seeing medically, you know, what I’ve seen, I agree with them. And we’re just taking our time with it and trying to do right.”
“The understanding (of concussions) has evolved so much in 10 years. Even now, the protocol is constantly being tweaked with the newest information. Obviously this is an issue across many sports and many sports across the board are working together to find the best solution. There’s technology and science involved and because of that, hopefully we’re dealing with this situation better than we have in the past, but I am my own worst enemy in this aspect, where I just want to shake it off. I have people that depend on me and you see these other things that could happen. I had to realize that I have to start listening because I have to honor these responsibilities to people, both professionally, personally, everybody. It’s very, very difficult when you come from a state of always wanting to charge forward, wanting to go harder and fight through. And this series we’re doing now preaches those very qualities of understanding when it’s time to take care of yourself.”
Samoa Joe found a home on the WWE RAW commentary which kept him on television. Fans are really enjoying his skills on the announce desk, but his talents are really missed in the ring as well. Samoa Joe will very likely wrestle again, but it’s not going to be the kind of thing that they rush at all.