07/08/2022

Nia Jax Reveals Her Reaction To Men’s Royal Rumble Appearance

Like lots of her friends, Nia Jax had a controversial exit from her former employer. Jax was launched from her contract this previous November whereas she was on a psychological well being break. Now going by Lina Fanene, Jax was scheduled to make her first in-ring look outdoors of at Wrestling Entertainment Series’ debut present this previous June, however that look and the present altogether by no means got here to fruition. Regardless of what the long run holds for the previous Women’s Tag Team Champion, Jax has loads of immortal moments already in her skilled wrestling resume. Aside from the championships and marquee WrestleMania matches, Jax can lay declare to being the one celebrity to compete in two Royal Rumble matches in the identical evening.

“I think they were just wanting to spice up [the 2019 Men’s Royal Rumble], make it different,” Jax advised the Wives of Wrestling podcast (h/t Fightful). “Johnny [Laurinaitis] said he suggested it to Vince and Vince loved it. I mean, it was crazy because it wasn’t just like being in the men’s match. I was in both rumbles on the same night. Somebody said that to me that night, I got obliterated that night, and everybody was buying me a shot and I was hammered. [Rey Mysterio] was freaking getting me wasted, Shane McMahon. Anyways, we were just, we were sloppy messes. Somebody was like, ‘Did you know you were in both [Royal Rumble matches] tonight?’ I was like, ‘Ah, I was! S–t, that’s huge.'”

Jax’s Royal Rumble 2019 run places her in elite firm. Even past the 2 battle royals in a single evening, Jax grew to become the fourth lady to enter the boys’s Rumble match. Jax joined fellow feminine entrants like Kharma (Awesome Kong) and Beth Phoenix by scoring an elimination, however she was additionally topic to a flurry of finishers from Dolph Ziggler, Rey Mysterio, and Randy Orton. Still, Jax mentioned she was all in on the second from the preliminary pitch.

“Well, I’ve always just been — I call myself a ‘Vince Girl,’ right? Whatever he wants, whatever match he wants to put me in, whatever opponent, whatever kind of weird gimmick he wants me to do, I’m just like, ‘Yeah, whatever you want,'” Jax mentioned. “Like, it’s my job, you know? I was like,’ Yo, whatever you’d like.’

“You know, once you’re in it, it is only a cool second and also you’re simply making an attempt to soak all of it in, after which once you get previous it, you are honored that they considered you to be in that place,” Jax continued. “I all the time had a great relationship with Vince. We chatted and laughed, we joked and so I even went as much as him and simply mentioned, ‘I’m very grateful that you simply considered me for this.’ He [responded], ‘Of course, after all, I needed to see you get your a– kicked,’ like, , jokingly, Vince is, however it’s a large alternative. Because if you aren’t getting put in that place, that is it, you are simply forgettable. You can go up and be on the principle roster and have a few matches right here and there. But if you aren’t getting put into some critically cool storylines or matches like that, you type of get forgotten. So it was a brilliant, tremendous cool second, and I used to be tremendous honored.”

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Speaking of the Royal Rumble match, Jax was originally pitched to return to WWE at this year’s multi-woman battle royal, however she explicitly shot it down.