WWE Superstar and former Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax has confirmed that she will be undergoing surgery to repair torn ACLs in both her knees. Pro Wrestling Sheet had reported this earlier in the day but Nia later confirmed it via social media;
“Some of you may or may not know, but I will be out of action for a little while. Unfortunately, I have been pushing through some pain over the last year due to injuries in my knees and I will be undergoing surgery to repair both of my ACLs. I’m grateful to everyone who has supported me!”
Earlier in the day Nia had posted a picture of herself on Twitter and captioned it “I’ll be gone for a while. Here’s something to remember me by.”
While she did not share any information about when the surgery is taking place or how long she expects to be out, the average recovery time for the surgery she is having is nine months.
Jax (real name Savelina Fanene) has most recently been tagging with Tamina Snuka, daughter of the late WWE Hall Of Famer Jimmy Snuka. The two took part in a Fatal four-way match for the newly created WWE Women’s tag team titles against The IIonics Z (Billy Kay and Peyton Royce), Beth Phoenix and Natalya and former champions The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection (Bayley and Sasha Banks).
Unfortunately Jax and Snuka would be unsuccessful in their attempts to gain the belts as The IIlconics went on to win the match.
Jax signed with the WWE in 2014 and was assigned to the NXT brand. She is part of the famed Samoan Anoa’i family and boasts Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as her second cousin. The family background have have got her foot in the door but Jax obviously impressed WWE management as she made her NXT in-ring debut in May of the following year.
She was slowly built up as a monster heel character with a winning streak via squash matches over enhancement talent. This would culminate in a title shot against the undefeated Asuka at NXT Takeover: The End. Jax would go on to lose that match but would drafted to the RAW brand on June 19, 2016 shortly after the loss.
Her work in NXT as well as her main roster performance would earn her some accolades from not only her fans but also the wrestling industry itself. She was named Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Rookie Of The Year in 2016.
Jax captured the RAW Women’s Championship title by defeating Alexa Bliss at Wrestlemania 34. Jax would drop the title back to Bliss at the Money In The Bank pay-per-view in July 2018.
It’s likely Jax will not be returning to in-ring competition until sometime early in 2020.