The reason behind Nia Jax’s much-discussed “leave of absence” has apparently been uncovered.
In a report today by Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Jax balked at the idea of losing clean to Sasha Banks at WWE TLC. She called her cousin, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, to ask for his advice, and he encouraged her to walk away if she was unhappy.
Barrasso reported on Jax’s absence last week, saying it was granted by WWE. He also noted that Jax is unhappy with her creative and salary.
“Nia Jax will return to WWE from her company-granted leave of absence, but make no mistake: Jax holds more leverage than many people believe.
“Jax is unhappy with her current creative and pay scale. Her relation to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson—the two are cousins—provides her with leverage that many others would simply not have in this situation. Jax is 33-year-old Savelina Fanene, who flourished as a plus-sized model prior to her career in pro wrestling. Jax also has a very unique look, and could combine independent dates with a return to modeling. But the safe bet is that she will return to WWE, this time with a larger paycheck.”
It was reported last week by Dave Meltzer of F4WOnline.com that the entire situation with Jax is overblown and that there isn’t much to the story. Meltzer said that Jax got a few weeks off until the European tour begins on Nov. 1 to rest up since she isn’t figured into any major storylines. According to those close to her, stories that she stormed off at last week’s Raw (she wasn’t even at Raw to begin with), asked for a leave of absence, or is unhappy with her pay are all untrue.
Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss took part in an interview last week to explain Jax’s sudden break from the road.
Bliss told the New York Post that she believes that Jax is taking a break due to the schedule. Bliss added that she has “no doubt in [her] mind” that Jax will return to the company soon.
“We have talked about it a lot,” Bliss said. “Whatever she is going through, I wouldn’t necessarily call it a leave of absence. She’s taking some time off because our schedule it very grueling. It’s very, very demanding. There are times where you are run down and your body can’t do it anymore and you get sick or you get injured from it and you get tired.
“So, I feel like everyone needs a reset every once in a while. In NXT I took a few resets and it was never like public knowledge, but we all need them. We all take them once in a while. I am happy when she comes back. I feel like everyone needs that refresher week or refresher moment.”
Jax resumed tweeting on Sunday as during TLC, she sent out a message welcoming Asuka to Raw.
Victory in only 6 mins
Welcome to the show Asuka pic.twitter.com/sOmLzyBl3m
— Nia Jax (@NiaJaxWWE) October 23, 2017
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