Injuries often bring about issues in professional wrestling that can bring a halt to storylines, angles, and pushes in an instant. Many talented superstars may seem to finally be on their way to greatness when an injury sneaks in and stops everything. One very popular Monday Night Raw superstar has been missing in action for a few weeks now, and it has finally been revealed that he is dealing with yet another injury.
For a while, Samoa Joe was in the middle of some huge WWE storylines. He was the United States Champion and he was even chasing the Universal and WWE Titles for a while. At one point, Joe was even riding the fence for turning into a babyface and siding with Roman Reigns, but not much ever ended up coming from that whole thing.
Back in early September, Joe took on Ricochet in a King of the Ring tournament match that ended in a double pin. Due to referees not being able to determine a clear winner, both superstars advanced to the next round and faced off against Baron Corbin in a Triple Threat match.
That Triple Threat, which took place on the September 9 episode of Monday Night Raw, was won by Corbin. Since that date, Samoa Joe has been nowhere on WWE television with many fans recently wondering where the “Samoa Submission Machine” has been hiding.
PW Insider reports that Joe has actually been dealing with an injured broken thumb that he suffered several weeks ago. He is currently waiting to heal and to get the all-clear from doctors who will allow him to return to the ring.
Joe was staying active in the ring even while dealing with the broken thumb. The night before the Triple Threat Match on Raw, he faced off against Roman Reigns at the WWE Supershow live event.
Since joining WWE a few years ago, Samoa Joe has needed to deal with a number of injuries that have kept him out of action. Back in the summer of 2017, he suffered a knee injury that kept him on the sidelines for about two months.
In early 2018, Joe suffered a foot injury during a match with Titus O’Neil, causing him to miss nearly four months of in-ring time.
At this time, no official timetable exists for when Samoa Joe will be able to return to WWE action. That said, the broken thumb should not keep him out much longer.