Nia Jax, whose real name is Lina Fanene, says it’s “highly unlikely” that she’ll ever wrestle again after recently being released by WWE.
Nia Jax was one of 18 WWE Superstars let go from their contracts on November 4th, 2021, she had been with the company for seven years. WWE cited budget cuts as the main reason for the releases.
Following her departure, it was reported that Jax’s decision not to get vaccinated against COVID-19 played a part in the decision to release her. However, the former WWE Raw Women’s Champion claimed that her vaccination status had nothing to do with it.
Now, Nia Jax has changed her social media handles and website to Lina Fanene. While some fans have questioned whether this is a new ring name, it is, in fact, the former Women’s Tag Team Champion’s birth name.
Taking to Twitter, Fanene addressed the decision while also hitting out at people who have claimed she is dangerous in the ring. She finished by saying it was “highly unlikely” we would see her in the squared circle 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
Fanene had been part of WWE since 2014. Following two years on NXT, she moved to the main roster. During her time there, she became Raw Women’s Champion once, and the Women’s Tag Team Champion on two occasions.