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By Mike Johnson on 2015-05-20 21:51:47
Former Ring of Honor and TNA champion Samoa Joe, called by that name, debuted at the end of the WWE NXT Takeover: Unstoppable show for a staredown with Kevin Owens. He was treated by the crowd as if he was an absolute star.

Joe was brought backstage just a minute or two before he came out in front of the crowd.

While the assumption among many was that Joe was working a similar deal to Rhino and Brian Kendrick in that he's still adding independent dates, it should be noted NXT was selling Samoa Joe t-shirts (the same one he was wearing tonight) as fans were exiting the taping and the shirts are also up on sale at That would certainly indicate a greater deal. As soon as we confirm, I'll have more.

There were a number of people inside TNA worried Joe was going to debut tonight. Well, they were right to worry.

Note: This article was updated at 10:01 PM

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