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?