Though Samoa Joe will miss the Royal Rumble thanks to injury, some recent comments on his return timetable are pretty positive.
Samoa Joe is one of the top stars in WWE. His brutal in-ring style mixed with his gift of gab on the microphone makes him a threat in any situation and a hit with the fans. While WWE has done a great job building the star up to be a monster, since being part of the main roster, Joe hasn't been able to stay healthy.
It wasn't that long ago when Samoa Joe suffered a knee injury that saw him miss significant time, now, an injury he suffered in a match with Rhyno will see him miss the Royal Rumble. While his most recent injury came at an unfortunate time, Joe's comments while on Booker T's Heated Conversations podcast suggest that he might not miss a considerable amount of time.
"As of right now it's kind of a week to week thing," Joe said.
Joe was quick to point out he will miss the Royal Rumble, he is aware it's hard to gauge how long he'll be gone for.
"With these injuries sometimes they heal sooner, sometimes they heal later. They are going to do a little bit of an ultrasound, check it out every week. They're going to be giving me treatments. It's not something that can be fixed surgically. It's basically a lot of time, rest, and elevation, and letting it heal. It just depends on how quick it heals. Hopefully, it will be sooner than later. Obviously, we're going to be past the Rumble, but I don't know how much further past that."
Those comments suggest he'll be ready to go for WrestleMania, but there is one anticipated pay-per-view event he can take part in post-Royal Rumble—Elimination Chamber. While the match type the pay-per-view is named after is a little intense, especially for a superstar returning from injury, the hard-hitting chamber match compliments the Samoan Submission Machine perfectly.
Fans do have one concern upon Joe's return from his most recent injury, however. Since this is his second injury in a short amount of time, many fans fear that Vince McMahon may view Joe as injury prone and may be reluctant to push him as hard. It's hard to believe any executive would want to de-push the star though. Every high-profile feud Samoa Joe takes part in is must-watch TV, and his matches with the likes of Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar did not disappoint.
All we can do is hope that Samoa Joe's return from injury doesn't keep him off the shelf for too long. If his comments are anything to go by, he should be ready sooner rather than later, and while we want him to be 100 percent when he comes back, we selfishly want to see him back on TV as soon as possible.