How can it be ripping off Punk when it didn't originate with Punk? It's a storyline that's been used repeatedly, and it's been used repeatedly for a reason: Fans usually find it compelling.Was Samoa Joe the guy Daniels & Kaz were yelling at off screen?
I also noticed him standing there around Austin Aries during Aries' entrance. It was really weird.
So yeah, they are probably going to do a company rebel deal with Joe. Because, you know, its not like Punk did that last year and it would be a rip off or anything.