Former WWE star Lina Fanene (fka Nia Jax) has explained why she calls herself a ‘Vince girl’, reflecting her WWE run.
Speaking on the Wives of Wrestling podcast, the former Raw Women’s Champion recalled her stint in the 2019 men’s Royal Rumble match, noting that she almost always agreed to creative plans pitched by McMahon.
Stating that she generally had a good relationship with McMahon, Fanene said:
“Well, I’ve always just been — I call myself a ‘Vince Girl,’ right? Whatever he wants, whatever match he wants to put me in, whatever opponent, whatever kind of weird gimmick he wants me to do, I’m just like, ‘Yeah, whatever you want.’ Like, it’s my job, you know? I was like,’ Yo, whatever you’d like. I think they were just wanting to spice up (the 2019 Men’s Royal Rumble), make it different.
“Johnny said he suggested it to Vince and Vince loved it. I mean, it was crazy because it wasn’t just like being in the men’s match. I was in both rumbles on the same night. Somebody said that to me that night, I got obliterated that night, and everybody was buying me a shot and I was hammered.
“(Rey Mysterio) was freaking getting me wasted, Shane McMahon. Anyways, we were just, we were sloppy messes. Somebody was like, did you know you were in both (Royal Rumble matches) tonight? I was like, ‘Ah, I was! S**t, that’s huge.’
“You know, when you’re in it, it’s just a cool moment and you’re just trying to soak it all in, and then when you get past it, you’re honored that they thought of you to be in that position. I always had a good relationship with Vince.
“We chatted and laughed, we joked and so I even went up to him and just said, ‘I’m very grateful that you thought of me for this.’ He (responded), ‘Of course, of course, ‘I wanted to see you get your ass kicked,’ like, you know, jokingly, Vince is, but it is a huge opportunity. Because if you don’t get put in that position, that’s it, you’re easily forgettable.
“You can go up and be on the main roster and have a couple of matches here and there. But if you don’t get put into some seriously cool storylines or matches like that, you kind of get forgotten. So it was a super, super cool moment, and I was super honored.”
Fanene was released from her WWE contract in November 2021.
McMahon stepped away from his WWE CEO and Chairman positions in June, amid ‘hush pact’ allegations.
A recent report from the Wall Street Journal has since indicated that Vince McMahon has paid over $12 million in “hush money” over the past 16 years to “suppress allegations of sexual misconduct and infidelity”, including a $7.5 million payment to a former WWE wrestler. Click here to see the full report.
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