Nia Jax had been with the WWE since 2014 before getting released by WWE earlier this month following the company’s Q3 earnings call.
The former two-time women’s tag champion and one-time Raw women’s champion is most likely subject to a 90-day non-compete clause, but she has revealed what her name will be when she wrestles again. She will wrestle as Lina Fanene, and has changed all of her social media channels to showcase that new moniker.
— Lina Fanene (@LinaFanene) November 27, 2021
After her release Jax, addressed the news revealing she had recently asked for time off from the company.
“I usually keep my personal life private, but yesterday’s reports leave me with no option but to clarify matters,” Jax wrote.
“I recently took a short leave of absence from WWE for a mental health break. I’ve been working through so much – more than I can share – and so I took some time, with the full support of the company, to take care of myself.”
“Earlier this week, after WWE sent me my schedule to return to the ring for the November 15 show, I asked for an extension to my mental health break, feeling that I needed more time, and hoping I would have the ongoing support of the company I have given my all to for the past 7 years. I did not receive a response.”
“The next I heard, I was being released. My vaccination status was never mentioned. I wasn’t given any choices or options,” Jax continued.
“It breaks my heart to be so abruptly let go, without consultation, when dealing with so much privately. I loved my career at WWE, I love the men and women I worked with, and I am going to need time to process this huge loss. I appreciate those people who have shown understanding and compassion during an incredibly difficult time.”