Following news being made on Tuesday’s episode of WWE Backstage on FS1, WWE released a statement confirming that Samoa Joe will be part of the Monday Night RAW announce team as Dio Maddin will go back to training for his in-ring return.
WWE issued the following:
Samoa Joe has been chosen to round out the Raw announce team as Dio Maddin pursues an in-ring return.
Samoa Joe will fill the role as he recovers from a thumb injury. The larger than life Superstar garnered praise from the WWE Universe after a strong performance filling in for Maddin this past week. The former United States Champion has also been a recurring panelist for FS1’s WWE Backstage.
Maddin still aspires to become a bona fide Superstar and is headed back to the WWE Performance Center to chase his dream. Maddin had not appeared on Raw since Brock Lesnar sent the WWE TV analyst crashing through the announce table during a brutal attack.