In a recent interview with Yahoo! Sports, WWE Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax discussed numerous topics regarding her WWE career, including her match against Ronda Rousey this Sunday at WWE Money in the Bank.
Earlier this year, in the buildup to WrestleMania 34, Nia Jax was part of a storyline with then-WWE Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss, in which Bliss mocked Jax for her size.
At the ‘Showcase of the Immortals,’ Jax defeated Bliss for the championship, portraying a very clear message to younger female viewers.
Here are Jax’s comments on the message she brings to WWE‘s women’s division:
“Nia Jax is bringing a whole different message to the ‘Women’s Evolution.’ Yes, we are athletic. Yes, we can go just as hard as the men, but women come in all different shapes and sizes. We all have a different story and a different look, and everything should be celebrated.”
The 34-year-old is still the Raw Women’s Champion after successfully defending the title at Backlash in Bliss’ contractually obligated rematch.
At the upcoming Money in the Bank event, Jax will defend her championship against ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey, in Rousey’s first ever one-on-one pro-wrestling match.
Jax commented on what she thinks of taking on the ‘Baddest Woman on the Planet’:
“I know it sounds so cheesy, but I am honored I get this opportunity to step into the ring with a woman who has pioneered so much for women in sports. Ronda has gone out there and been un-apologetically herself. She is who she is. I am so excited and nervous. I’m using those nerves to fuel me as well. It’s going to be such an amazing match and I can’t wait for people to see what Ronda Rousey is capable of and what we’re capable of doing together. It’s such a powerhouse match.”
During the buildup to this clash, Jax’s character has been questioned, most potently, is she a babyface, or is she a heel?
A couple of weeks ago, Jax attacked a ‘local talent’ and came across as potentially cocky towards her challenger. This raised many questions because the WWE put so much effort into portraying her as a hero in previous months.
Here are Jax’s comments on this issue:
“It’s funny because everyone is asking: ‘Oh my God, is she heel or is she face?’ Nia Jax is Nia Jax. That’s something that I have been trying to get across. I am who I am in the moment. I’m not a heel, I’m not a babyface, I’m Nia Jax. In this setting with Ronda, the competition is high. She’s coming into our house and everybody is already so in love with her, she’s so established. I worked hard too. It comes off as being heel and cocky, but at the end of the day I’m pretty darn good myself.”
Another curious issue surrounding Jax is that she is the only member of the female roster who has her weight announced during her ring entrance, being billed at 272 pounds.
It goes without saying, some people potentially feel very sensitive about their weight; so, being singled out as the only woman to have hers announced has certainly furrowed a few eyebrows.
Here’s what the ‘Immovable Object’ had to say:
“It’s something [WWE senior producer] Johnny Ace [Laurinaitis] mentioned to me and we went to Vince [McMahon] and we talked about it. That’s something that’s tough for a woman, sharing their weight. Me sharing my weight and me being the person I am, Vince agreed with me on this, it’s embracing who you are. [Someone who is] 272 pounds is a very heavy person and it’s a lot of force that these women are taking. It incorporated not only the message that I’m sending about my body, but also a character thing. It was really cool because when we talked about it and I saw his vision behind it, I realized I would be the only one in this division where you’d be able to see this force.”
You can check out the full interview here.