Former Women’s Champion Paige has asked WWE to bring back the newly released Nia Jax who left the company on November 4th.
Throughout 2021 WWE have made significant cuts to their talent roster with batches of releases taking place in April, June, August and now November. In total WWE have released 72 Superstars in 2021, after already making cuts the previous year.
As part of the latest round of cuts, Nia Jax was released alongside the likes of Keith Lee, Karrion Kross and Scarlett. Reacting to her friend’s departure former Women’s Champion Paige has called for WWE to re-hire Jax.
Posting on social media, Paige shared a photo of the two women with the simple caption, “Bring back Nia Jax.”
While it might seem like a long-shot for the company to bring back Jax having just released her, WWE do have form in this area. Samoa Joe was released by the company back in April, before returning to NXT the following month. It was later revealed that Triple H spoke to Joe about returning to the company the same day that he was let go.
— SARAYA (@RealPaigeWWE) November 6, 2021
It was initially reported that the latest round of releases were part of budget cuts, the same reason given for the other departures that have been made throughout the year.
However, it was later suggested that at least five of the talents who had been released were “openly unvaccinated.” It was noted that Nia Jax was one of these talents.
Taking to social media in the wake of her release, Nia Jax 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 Jax says that she asked for an extension to her break.
In her statement, Jax claims that she was then informed about her release, “without consultation.” In addition she explained that her vaccination status wasn’t mentioned.
Nia Jax had been with WWE since 2014. After appearing on NXT, Jax moved to the main roster two years later. During her time with the company Jax won the Raw Women’s Championship once, and the Women’s Tag Team Championship twice.