Nia Jax Weighs In on What She Learned from Punching Out Becky Lynch
Sporting News recently interviewed WWE Superstar Nia Jax. Below are some highlights.
Jax on her Fastlane tag team title match: “The WWE women’s tag-team championships are such a coveted title, and Tamina and I definitely want to be tag champions because we have such a long lineage of wrestling in the family and a long lineage of tag champions in our family. We want to be the first female tag champs in our family, so I’m very excited for us to go up against Sasha and Bayley and most likely take their titles.”
Nia Jax on competing in the men’s Royal Rumble match this year: “The Royal Rumble was on another level — probably the highlight of my career thus far. It was pretty incredible to compete in both the women’s and the men’s Rumble in one night, and not only that, but being able to share the ring with Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler, Andrade, Rey Mysterio and have such a great — like you said — a viral moment. I’m sitting here like, ‘I don’t know if I could top that.’ And then, of course, the WWE … we’re such a fast-moving ship, we go over stuff and before I get a chance to enjoy it, the next thing I get to be a part of is the Elimination Chamber. That’s the first time I’ve ever been in an Elimination Chamber, so that was another moment where I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh.’ It’s incredible every time I get to do these things. To be in the ring and get RKO’d and 619’d, I’m like, ‘This is incredible.’ And then I go to Elimination Chamber, where I’m in a pod, I feel like everything keeps getting better and better. So, competing at Fastlane against Sasha and Bayley for the tag-team championship is just another exciting moment for Tamina and I, and I can’t wait.”
Nia Jax on the growth of the women’s division in WWE: “It’s our time. It’s definitely our time. We all work hard, we work our butts off and it’s our time. People are starting to recognize all the talent that we have and we keep doing it every week on “Raw” and then the pay-per-views. The fans want to see a main event at WrestleMania and the women end the show. It’s great. We have 100 percent support from all the men backstage and everyone is supporting us to get to where we are. We’re taking over. That’s what it is.”
Nia Jax on what she learned from the incident where she punched and injured the face of Becky Lynch: “Obviously, we learned that I can’t throw punches (laughs). I’m just kidding. From that experience, there’s always an opportunity whether it’s good or bad. If somebody gets hit, that happens in a contact sport. It happens, so you just have to be able to look at the positives and take it and run with it. I just realized that everything is an opportunity no matter what happens. People might freak out like they did on me and that’s OK because now I’m one of the top heels in this company and I’m OK with that. That’s my job, so I take everything as an opportunity.”
Nia Jax on stressing positive body image on social media: “I just feel as though nothing creates change and help without positivity, right? I feel like there’s no need for me to feed into the negativity because it’s already out there, but I want to change the negativity to positivity, so I better put it out there.”