WWE has released over 80 Superstars so far in 2021 and former Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax happened to be one of the talents who got cut. It looks like Nia Jax, real name Savelina Fanene, will be using the name Lina Fanene moving forward as she recently changed her Twitter handle, and retweeted a post from the LinaFanene.com fansite.
— Lina Fanene (@LinaFanene) November 27, 2021
After Nia Jax was released it was reported that her vaccination status was one of the reasons why WWE decided to let her go, and she responded to the reports when she issued the following statement:
“I usually keep my personal life private, but yesterday’s reports leave me with no option but to clarify matters. 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.
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.”
Nia Jax is currently waiting out her 90 day non-compete clause. Stay tuned for more updates on her future as they become available.