Lina Farene formerly known as Nia Jax has admitted that it’s “highly unlikely” that she’ll ever wrestle again following her release by WWE.
On November 4th, former Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax was released by WWE after a seven year run with the company. Jax was among 18 Superstars released at the start of November, with the WWE citing budget cuts as the main reason behind the departures.
However, it was later reported that Jax was “openly unvaccinated” against COVID-19 and this played a part in her release. In response, the former NXT Superstar said that her vaccination status had nothing to do with her leaving the company.
In a new update, the star has removed the name ‘Nia Jax’ from her social media handles and website, reverting to her born name Lina Fanene. This led to some questioning whether the the name was just a new ring-name.
Taking to social media, Fanene said that she was simply now going by her real name instead of an alias. She continued by hitting out at those who have suggested that she’s dangerous in the ring, before revealing that it’s “highly unlikely” she’ll ever wrestle again.
Lol! 😂 Newflash..Lina is my real name. It’s not another “ring” name. It’s just MY NAME, the name given to me at birth. 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
— Lina Fanene (@LinaFanene) November 29, 2021
Posting on social media in the wake of her release, Fanene said that she had been taking a break from WWE in order to look after her mental health. WWE then sent her a schedule to return to action on November 15th. At this point she said that she asked for an extension to her break.
In her statement, the former champion claimed that she was then informed about her release, “without consultation.”
Fanene had been with WWE since 2014. After appearing on NXT, she moved to the main roster two years later. During her time with the company Fanene won the Raw Women’s Championship once, and the Women’s Tag Team Championship twice.