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Nia Jax discusses backlash from WWE fans following Kairi Sane incidents ahead of RAW Women’s title showdown with Asuka
Nia Jax has a shot at Asuka’s Raw Women’s Championship this Sunday at Backlash to cap a night and day past 12 months.
The former RAW Women’s champion – who won the title from Alexa Bliss at WrestleMania 34 – had double knee surgery after WrestleMania 35 and did not return until the night after WrestleMania 36.
However, since she’s been back, Jax has been in the thick of the action in the RAW Women’s division – defeating Natalya and Charlotte Flair for the chance to face Asuka this Sunday.
Jax has also made headlines for a couple of incidents with Kairi Sane during their matches on RAW that left her Japanese counterpart either hurt or lucky not to have been.
talkSPORT caught up with Jax ahead of Backlash and we dived into that criticism as well as her own injury issues.
Hi Nia! Talk to us about how excited you are to have a big opportunity on pay-per-view this Sunday against somebody as talented as Asuka?
Just as you returned, Becky Lynch announced that she would be taking a break from wrestling to start her family. Do you and other women in the locker room look at her departure – for however long – presents a chance?
You spent a full year on the sidelines getting surgery on both your ACLs. Talk to us about how difficult it is being out for that amount of time, how much wrestling did you watch and when did the buzz return?
One thing that is very noticeable with you on social media compared to your character on TV is what a fun, vibrant person you are outside of the ring. Do you ever feel like you get typecast a little bit in the big heel role?
You say you like being booed and hated, but that can get a little toxic on Twitter. You’ve come under some criticism since your return with some of your work with Kairi Sane, how do you feel about the fan backlash?
Asuka's Title Challengers
So now that Asuka is the new RAW Women's Champion who do ya'll want to see her face for the title? I personally would love to see her have fresh feuds with girls like Bianca Belair, Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott and the eventual face off with Kairi Sane. It feels like a good opportunity to build up new talent seeing as her previous rivals (Charlotte, Baysha, Alexa, Ronda, Becky etc) are on different brands or not wrestling atm so that leaves a big chance for new girls to be involved in the title picture on RAW.
So who do ya'll want to see?
Nia Jax back in the ring at the WWE Performance Center
Nia Jax provided an update for her in-ring return when she posted a video on her Instagram account showing her running the ropes at the WWE Performance Center with the comment “Testing out the new knees!”
Jax has been out of action since April when she tore both of her ACLs. The recovery time for such an injury usually takes around 9 to 12 months so this update is extremely positive and could mean her in-ring return is right around the corner.
We last saw Nia in action at WrestleMania 35 where she took part in the Women’s Tag Team Championship match with Tamina vs The IIconics, Sasha Banks and Bayley, and Beth Phoenix and Natalya. So it would be great to Nia return before then.
A surprise entrant at the Royal Rumble would make a perfect return for Jax. A big pop, beat up and throw out a few opponents, reassert her dominance and get back to kicking some ass. Her return in 2020 would definitely give either of the RAW or SmackDown rosters something to think about.
Due to the injury, Jax wasn’t included in the most recent draft so it is unknown which brand she would be a part of upon her return.