Samoa Joe has now been removed from all of WWE's live events until the European tour that is taking place after WrestleMania in May.
It has been a little over a year since Samoa Joe arrived on WWE's main roster and it is a 12 month period that has featured a lot of ups and downs for the former NXT Champion. While Joe has feuded with Brock Lesnar and come very close to becoming Universal Champion, he has also suffered from a couple of injuries and was also left off of last year's WrestleMania card.
One of the injuries Joe has suffered since being a Raw Superstar is the one he is working through right now. During a televised match with Rhyno on Raw, The Samoan Submission Machine hurt his foot and he has not competed since. The injury could hardly have come at a worse time for Joe as it appeared that he was about to feud with John Cena heading into WrestleMania.
Initially, Joe was still being advertised to appear at WWE live events starting from around mid-March but now that has all changed. The Destroyer is now not scheduled to appear at a live event until the company's next European tour which doesn't take place until May. That would mean Joe missing out on WrestleMania for the second year in a row. He still hasn't competed on The Grandest Stage of Them All at any point during his career.
There is every possibility that Joe could return well before that. On a recent episode of Heated Conversations with Booker T Joe revealed that his injury is one that is being assessed on a week by week basis. "With these injuries sometimes they heal sooner, sometimes they heal later," Joe told Booker. That is most certainly something to hold on to for fans of Samoa Joe and maybe he will finally wrestle at WrestleMania.
The rivalry between Joe and Cena is one that hardcore wrestling fans would love to see play out. Both men began their careers at around the same time and before going their separate ways they actually feuded with one another in Ultimate Pro Wrestling. An extended rivalry between the two in present day WWE would really feel like their careers coming full circle.