Samoa Joe was ruled out with an injury after his match on the January 27th episode of Monday Night RAW. The Destroyer had teamed up with Kevin Owens to take on Seth Rollins and Buddy Murphy in tag team action in a losing effort.
Immediately after WWE had announced Andrade’s 30-day suspension on their website, an interesting rumor suggesting Joe’s suspension for violation of the company’s wellness policy began spreading like wildfire.
On Dropkick DiSKussions podcast, Tom Colohue gunned down Joe’s suspension rumors by proclaiming that The Destroyer is legitimately injured and there’s no need for WWE to rush his return just yet.
“As we talked about last week, Samoa Joe is currently injured. They don’t need him back even if he is cleared quickly because we can still work with Kevin Owens and put him over in this regard. So, that’s an easy thing to do. And also leading into Saudi Arabia, Kevin Owens is unlikely to be on that show. We don’t need to focus on this storyline going into it. So it could simply be that simple. He has not been suspended to my knowledge. I have had that confirmed. I have reached out and been told, yeah, that it hasn’t happened. He hasn’t been suspended. This is a dangerous rumor that I would like to put an end to.”
Joe, Owens and The Viking Raiders have been waging war against Rollins, Murphy, and AOP, and the babyfaces are yet to get a taste their first victory over the heels in the ongoing main event feud.
Like Owens, Joe’s Road To WrestleMania looks quite blurry – as singles babyface Superstars, both men aren’t involved in any singles title picture at present which is why the creative has paired them up to keep them active on television and shine the spotlight on the RAW Tag Team Championship.