There was an odd situation over the weekend where former Ring of Honor champion turned TNA star Samoa Joe wrote on Twitter, "Today I was told in alternate circumstances I would not be welcomed back by ROH. A shame but no hard feelings still wish them the best. BTW that was not some passive aggressive BS tweet I honestly do wish them the best I still have many people I consider family there."
Joe's Twitter remarks may have stemmed from comments Jim Cornette made on the Inside the Ropes podcast to promote his upcoming UK tour.
Joe's name came up when Cornette was asked about the AJ Styles-TNA situation, responding, "AJ is a great kid personally as well as professionally. Very talented. He's been with the company for 11 or 12 years since the company started. I can understand exactly where he's coming from. From what I've read, they wanna resign him for either the same or less money. Money being the root of most problems in the wrestling business. If I know AJ as well as I think I do, he doesn't have any bad habits, he doesn't spend his money frivolously, he's saved his money wisely for the last decade. i think it's a situation where he feels that if he's not worth the money that he's asked from TNA that he'd rather take a break or do something else or it might be a matter of principle. I can't argue with that. He's been a main event guy, he's been presented as a main event guy, one of the talents that you really identify with the TNA roster. I'll go ahead an mention his name, Vince Russo, Russo was the booker for a lot of the 10-11 years of TNA. In that time,A lot of guys have been rendered meaningless in terms of draws. I was talking to Delirious one time during a Ring of Honor meeting and we were throwing out what if's, you know what if we try to sign this guy or that guy, and we looked at Samoa Joe, one of the most recognised Ring of Honor champions of all time, a tremendous athlete and we both looked at each other and said with what TNA had done to him now, if we could get him, we're not sure we'd even want him and that's sad to say for a talent like Samoa Joe or an AJ styles. It's not like I'm picking on those guys, Jeff hardy was one of the biggest start in wrestling and after 3 years with TNA he's just another guy on the card. I can also believe it or not, see TNA's side of it, in that they don't wanna pay him that much money since they don't get the results at the box office but that's their fault that they don't get those results. That's probably why AJ feels the way he does. There's a lot of great talent in TNA. I almost think for most of them would have to go away not just from TNA but from the public eye for a while and get what down here in the south, we'd call, the TNA stank off of them."
Several hours after Joe made his comments on Twitter, the official ROH Twitter account responded, "You're welcome in #ROH anytime. If anyone says otherwise they don't know what they are talking about. #ROHHallofFamer. Men like Joe, Punk, Bryan and Nigel built the foundation of #ROH"
So, there you have it.
If you enjoy PWInsider.com you can check out the AD-FREE PWInsider Elite section, which features exclusive audio updates, news, our critically acclaimed podcasts, interviews and more, right now for THREE DAYS free by clicking here!