3 Departing WWE Superstars who Triple H called (and 2 who Vince McMahon called)

The majority of departing WWE Superstars are told about their exits over the phone by WWE’s Head of Talent Relations, John Laurinaitis. However, in rare cases, some men and women from the roster receive a phone call from WWE Chairman Vince McMahon or NXT founder Triple H.

In April 2021, a former United States Champion was informed of his exit after six years with the company. Within a few hours, Triple H called the released superstar and immediately began negotiations to rehire him.

Earlier in the year, Vince McMahon also contacted a long-serving legend after news broke about his next job away from WWE.

In this listicle, let’s look at three departing WWE Superstars who Triple H called, plus two who received a call from Vince McMahon.


#5 Triple H called Samoa Joe after his WWE release

Samoa Joe’s release from WWE is undoubtedly one of the strangest of all time.

The former NXT Champion received his release in April 2021 after working as a RAW color commentator for over a year. Although Triple H plays an important role behind the scenes, the WWE executive was seemingly unaware that Joe had been let go by the company.

Speaking on Ryan Satin’s Out of Character podcast, Joe said he sent messages to many of the people he worked with in WWE, including Triple H. The 14-time world champion phoned Joe back and said he wanted him to stay.

“I got a text back [from Triple H], ‘Hey, give me a minute, getting out of a meeting.’ We had a brief conversation, which was essentially like, ‘Give us a little bit of time. I’ll work out a package and we’ll talk soon.’ ‘Alright, that’s totally fine, I have no problem with that.’ And it led to my return to NXT,” Joe said.

As Joe mentioned, he returned to NXT in June 2021 and went on to become a three-time NXT Champion. He also began working in a backstage role as a WWE scout.

#4 Vince McMahon called Mickie James after her WWE release

One of the biggest WWE controversies of 2021 came in April when Mickie James received a trash bag from the company after her release.

The wrestling legend tweeted a picture of the bag, which she referred to as a “care package,” and tagged Vince McMahon. The post was retweeted more than 4,000 times and led to the release of former WWE employee Mark Carrano.

James said on her Grown A** Women podcast that McMahon called her to apologize:

“All I wanted was a little respect so it wouldn’t feel like unfinished business. I felt because I was asking for this one thing, it was going to come with a price. I’m not saying that’s from Vince because he’s always been respectful to me. He called me on the phone to apologize for this incident and to let me know that this isn’t what he thought of me,” she said. [H/T Fightful]

James also clarified that she does not blame Vince McMahon for the trash bag incident. The five-time WWE Women’s Champion and one-time Divas Champion said she only tagged McMahon because she felt he needed to know how she was treated.

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