WWE has released multiple wrestlers since the start of the COVID-19 global pandemic nearly halted the industry in 2020. Nia Jax was one of the shocking names that was released in 2021. She took to Twitter on Monday to reveal that it’s “highly unlikely” that she will return to the professional wrestling world.
“Newsflash…Lina is my real name. It’s not another “ring” name. It’s just MY NAME, the name given to me at birth,” Jax posted after changing her Twitter profile to Lina Fanene. “Calm TF down trolls. In all fairness, “Opponent Crippler” would be a SOLID front runner if I ever decide to wrestle again. But it’s highly unlikely.”
Throughout her WWE run, Jax was one of the best-booked women in the company. She was a one-time WWE Raw Women’s Champion and a two-time WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion with Shayna Baszler. Jax was frequently featured in main event storylines against the likes of other top names in the company, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Ronda Rousey, and others.
Jax’s release came as a surprise and her statement on the situation revealed that she was released during what she called a “mental health break.”
“I’ve been working through so much – more than I can share – and so I took some time, with the full support of the company, to take care of myself,” Jax posted on Instagram, article via Fightful. “Earlier this week, after the WWE sent me my schedule to return to the ring for the November 15 show, I asked for an extension to my mental health break, feeling that I needed more time, and hoping I would have the ongoing support of the company I have given my all to for the past 7 years. I did not receive a response. The next I heard; I was being released.”
Jax was often a lightning rod for debate around her performance in the ring. One major moment was the big punch she landed on Lynch heading into Survivor Series that created the iconic picture of Lynch standing in the crowd with a bloody face. She and Flair recently got into an altercation in the ring where Jax landed some hard shots to Flair’s face in response to a slap to her own.
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