Report: WWE's Samoa Joe Injured After Hitting His Head During Commercial Shoot

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2020

TOKYO,JAPAN - JUNE 29: Samoa Joe enters the ring during the WWE Live Tokyo at Ryogoku Kokugikan on June 29, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)
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WWE Superstar Samoa Joe reportedly suffered an injury during a commercial shoot last week and is currently not cleared to wrestle.

According to Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet, the injury occurred when Joe took a table spot as part of a WWE commercial shoot. Joe reportedly hit his head, and Satin has been told by sources that The Samoan Submission Machine could miss "a considerable amount of time."

Joe has been fighting alongside Kevin Owens and The Viking Raiders in their rivalry with Seth Rollins, Murphy and AOP, but he did not appear on Monday's episode of Raw.

The 40-year-old has been plagued by injuries during his WWE tenure, which began in 2015 when he signed a deal to perform for NXT.

Joe, who got the call to the main roster in 2017, missed the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania in 2018 after suffering a foot injury that kept him out for more than three months. Last year, Joe suffered a broken thumb that caused him to miss nearly four months until his return in December.

During Joe's most recent absence from in-ring action, he did some work as a commentator on Raw, and his performances were well received. If Joe is set to miss a significant amount of time, perhaps he could go back to that role for the time being.

Joe has been a significant part of one of the biggest angles on Raw since his return, and his injury comes at an inopportune time with WrestleMania 36 in Tampa, Florida, just over a month away.

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It isn't clear what WWE's plans were or are for Joe at WrestleMania, but given his alliance with Owens and issues with Rollins, he could be in line for a fairly big match on The Grandest Stage of Them All.

Depending on the severity of Joe's injury, WWE may have to explore other options, which would be a blow to the WrestleMania card and a tough pill for Joe to swallow, considering he has only one Mania match on his resume.

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