Nia Jax had an interview with Talk Sport to talk her upcoming Backlash title match, her men’s Royal Rumble appearance, Ronda Rousey, and more. Check out the highlights below.
On her appearance in the men’s Royal Rumble:
The Royal Rumble was incredible. I don’t know if anybody knows this but I didn’t even know [I was going in the men’s Rumble] until the show started. Doors are opening, shows starting and we’re all getting ready and then finally Johnny Ace finds me. And he’s like ‘Nia, you know you’re in the men’s Rumble, right?’ and I was like ‘What?! No! You’re kidding right.’ He was like ‘Yeah you’re in a spot with Randy [Orton], Rey [Mysterio], Dolph [Ziggler] and you’re doing something with R-Truth.
So I had to remember what I was doing for the women’s match, then go in a room with Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler, Andrade and Rey Mysterio and we’re all just going over what I’m going to do. It was so incredible – they were so giving and so amazing. Getting there and getting into the ring, the crowd was just so loud and insane – it was an unbelievable experience. I still get chills thinking about it, I feel like that’s the highlight of my career so far.
On WWE teasing a Dean Ambrose match:
I did get into something with Dean. We had a stare down and then I hit him in the back. I was super excited because Dean – Jon, whatever we’re going to call him right now! – he’s such a cool dude. He and I had a conversation before the staredown and he was like ‘yeah, this will be cool. This will be great.’ Being his Dean Ambrose self. I don’t know what exactly happened. I know we were advertised to be in a match at a live event but I wasn’t really given anymore information and when I turned up to that live event, that wasn’t what was booked. Would have been cool, though.
On calling out Ronda Rousey for injuring Alexa Bliss:
Yes, it was Ronda. I do not think she took liberties, I think things happen. And Alexa is very strong, she’s so strong willed and she doesn’t want to give up. She never wants to be told she can’t do something. So, for me personally, being such a close friend and seeing that she was trying to fight through this, I felt the need to stand up for her because she wasn’t going to do it for herself. In her mind, she thought she was doing something right, but I knew it wasn’t going to help her in the long run. We do have a really strong bond and on the flipside, working with Ronda, I always enjoyed working with her.
She came in to the scene and she really didn’t get the proper WWE training that I was able to get at the Performance Center. So she had to learn things on the fly and her instinct is MMA/UFC fighting, so her instinct is to go somewhere different that where out instincts tell us where to go in the ring if that makes sense. And me being somebody who is little bit bigger and a lot stronger than Alexa – not a little bit, a lot bigger and stronger than Alexa – I definitely knew I’d be able to handle working with Ronda a lot easier than somebody like Alexa just because I can deal with somebody who is stronger a little better than her, let’s just put it that way.
On what we can expect from her match with Asuka:
I don’t want to give too much away, I just know Asuka and I have such great chemistry. I get chills right now just thinking about it – I love working with Asuka. I love getting in the ring with her and going toe-to-toe with her. The fans should be expecting an amazing match and some great storytelling.