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 The Irresistible Force
Birth name: Savelina Fanene aka Nia Jax
Born: May 29th, 1984
From: Sydney, Australia
NXT Debut: October 14th, 2015
Billed: San Diego, California
WWE Debut: July 25th, 2016
Nia Jax is a force to be reckoned with in the women's division. She aims to prove to be the most dominant and fierce competitor that stepped in the ring. Jax is of Samoan and German ancestry, and a member of the Anoa'i family. She is also the cousin of Dwayne Johnson (The Rock). Jax signed with WWE in early 2014, where she started out in the developmental. Jax eventually made her in-ring debut on May 9th at an NXT house show in Jacksonville, Florida, where she teamed up with Devin Taylor against Bayley and Carmella. On August 22, during the NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn pay per view event, a vignette aired teasing Jax's on screen debut. After making her NXT debut in October, Jax has been an unstoppable force taking on the likes of Bayley and Asuka.
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WWE NXT Results – April 20th, 2016
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Nia Jax vs Deonna Purrazzo

Nia Jax is out first followed by Deonna. Purrazzo charges Jax, but Jax moves out of the way. Jax whips Purrazzo across the ring by her head. Jax lands a huge elbow drop followed by another. Purrazzo tries to sunset flip Jax but, goes for a unsuccessful roll up instead. Purrazzo lands a few strikes. Purrazzo hits the ropes but Jax picks her up and Samoan drops her. Jax with her running leg drop on Purrazzo for the win.

Eva Marie Mention Pairing Up With Nia Jax In Interview
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Eva Marie recently spoke with CraveOnline.com, where she discussed her pairing with Nia Jax. Read below to see what she had to say.

On Her Pairing With Nia Jax: I think we’re a dominant tag team. There’s nothing really like that on the main roster or in NXT. It was weird how it came about because my first match back on live events in NXT, was with her. I think it was on accident. It was a random pairing because I had just started back wrestling. We had to tag together and she and I were like, ‘Damn. I like this. This can work.’ Then the writers and producers saw it and ran with it and I’m happy they did. I love her and we get along very well and have a lot of the same interests. She’s extremely hard working and we push each other. There’s nothing like being able to work with someone you enjoy and brings out the best in you.

WWE NXT Results – March 16th, 2016
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Last month – Bayley retained against Carmella. Afterwards, Nia Jax & Eva Marie attacked until Asuka made the save. This sets up the next tag team contest.

Nia Jax makes her way to the ring first, followed by Eva Marie. Asuka is out next, with NXT Women’s Champion Bayley entering last.

Nia Jax & Eva Marie vs. Asuka & Bayley

Jax starts the match by taking Bayley to the corner. Jax tags in Eva, who is heavily booed. Bayley takes Eva down while she’s taunting the crowd. Asuka tags in and prevents Eva from getting to Nia. Eva strikes Asuka. Asuka smiles and unloads with kicks. Asuka connects with the hip block. Bayley tags in, taking Eva down with a shoulder block. Jax tags in and slams Bayley. Eva taps Bayley in an arm stretch. Bayley gets out and rolls Eva up a couple times.

Eva slaps Asuka on the apron and Asuka tries to get in the ring but is stopped. Bayley suplexes Eva. Jax runs in to leg drop Bayley when she moves and Eva is hit. Bayley dropkicks Nia out of the ring. Bayley hits Bayley to Belly on Eva Marie for the win.

MiamiHerald.Com: Nia Jax Talk Getting Into The Wrestling Busines...
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WrestleMania 28 in Miami Gardens changed Savelina Fanene’s life.

That’s where she sat ringside with Ata Maivia Johnson at Sun Life Stadium in 2012 to watch John Cena battle Ata’s son in the historic main event of the annual extravaganza before 78,000 exuberant fans.

“Watching The Rock versus John Cena, I remember turning to my aunt [Ata] and saying, ‘I have to do this,’ and she said, ‘You think you can do this?,’ and I answered, ‘I know I can do this.’ It was a feeling that overcame me that I need to do this. It is something I was meant to do.”

In her blood, Nia hails from a wrestling family with her aunt, uncles, cousins involved in the business for many years.

“We talked about it, and I was going to attend Uncle Afa [the Wild Samoan’s] wrestling school [in Minneola, Florida],” Nia said. “[The Rock] got word of what I was doing, and he heard about the [WWE] Performance Center opening up [in Orlando], and he thought maybe I should tryout there and see if it was exactly what I wanted to do. After the tryout, they said, ‘We’d like to have you come on board.’”

So Nia received a little help getting her foot in the WWE door, but once she walked through, it was all up to her, and she worked extremely hard to progress, elevating herself to the NXT roster where she continues that same work ethic.

“Everything is incredibly, physically challenging,” Nia, 31, said. “Most challenging, mainly for me, learning how to bump, learning to trust your body and trust somebody else with your body, when we’re learning how to do bodyslams and suplexes and figuring out how to kick somebody right while making sure to protect each other. In the beginning, for me, a forward roll was pretty challenging.”

At about 6-foot-1, 270 pounds, her prior experience was boxing out not rolling around. Her background is basketball. Born in Hawaii, her family moved to San Diego where she later starred in hoops at Carlsbad High School. She eventually earned a scholarship to Palomar College in nearby San Marcos, Calif.

“I actually had a few scholarship offers out of high school, but I chose to go into modeling,” said Nia, who was a lovely plus-size model. “When I came back to go back to school on my time off from modeling, I went to Palomar.”

Titus, who coached women’s basketball at Palomar, said via email: “Lina was an outstanding student, amazing athlete and a fantastic person. She has tremendous athletic attributes, and it sounds like they continue to serve her well.

“She has a fun sense of humor, Blessed with great genetics and is fiercely competitive. There were moments when I had to rely on her to get the basketball and score…no matter what.”

Titus added: “To say Lina is physically talented is an understatement; she possesses discipline, dedication, and it appears her amazing drive is still with her as she takes on this challenge. She was well respected as a student athlete while here at Palomar College, and it was a pleasure having her on our team.”

Nia chose modeling over college basketball, but she still earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

I was a young girl playing basketball, WNBA was a dream,” she noted, “but when I got to college, it wasn’t as big of a dream anymore with modeling now in the picture.”

Modeling wasn’t something Nia pursued as a youth nor a career ever thought she could pursue.

“I was actually coming out of basketball practice in high school, and there was an Air Bands [lip sync] show there,” Nia said. “One of the judges was a modeling agent, and he walked up to me and said, ‘Have you ever thought about getting into plus-size modeling?’ I had never heard of that before, and I kind of laughed in his face, thinking he was kidding with me.”

Nia, who is Samoan on her father’s side, told her dad, Joseph, and he did the research.

“It was legit,” she said. “From there I got signed on with Wilhelmina in New York City. Once I graduated high school, I moved to New York and started modeling.”

Nia proves plus-size models are beautiful, too.

“Not everybody is made to be a size 0 or a size 4, and I’m not saying there is anything wrong with being a size 0 or a size 4,” Nia said. “Being my [plus] size is something I’ve had to deal with my whole life. I’ve always been the big girl. I’ve always had curves, and I never could relate to any of the girls like the Victoria Secret models.

“Once I realized, when I became a plus-size model, that there were more women like me, my confidence immediately shot through the roof. When I was able to walk out there and show younger girls, who are like me when I was their age — who didn’t see girls who are curvier being put in a beautiful light — it just made me think that I have to be able to show these girls that they are just as beautiful as the girls who are size 0.”

Nia is already an inspiration, and now she is also inspiring bigger girls to attempt pro wrestling/sports entertainment as well.

Speaking of models, Nia is currently teaming in NXT with a former fitness model, the gorgeous Eva Marie, and they are collectively known as the Power Alliance.

“It’s amazing working with Eva,” Nia said. “That chick is my girl. I love Eva. She’s so much fun, and she’s so down to earth. She’s extremely hard working and driven. We have a lot of fun together.”

Except when it comes to sports teams. Eva Marie is a huge San Francisco Giants fan.

“I’m definitely not a Giants’ fan,” Nia noted. “I’m a San Diego girl all the way. I love me my Padres, and I love me my Chargers. Eva is also a Raiders’ fan, and we also clash on that. The Chargers and the Raiders have a huge rivalry, and we can not get along on that picture.”

Though they have their gridiron differences, Nia respects Eva. She also respects her coaches and trainers at the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando, where she is learning and honing her skills.

“It’s surreal because we get such amazing attention from some really talented people at the Performance Center,” Nia said. “When I first got there, it was nostalgic [because of her wrestling lineage], and I was like, ‘I can’t believe that I’m actually getting coached by ‘the’ Sara Del Rey and Matt Bloom and the guest coaches. Coach [William] Regal comes in and just blows us away every time. It’s amazing to be there.”

Titus said: “I am very excited for her and hope she excels. I really have no doubt that she has the athletic ability. I don’t know much about wrestling, but if she puts her heart and soul into it, watch out wrestling world.”

Nia’s family also feels she can succeed in the squared circle. Her emotions took over when discussing her parents, especially her mother, Renate.

“I did well in school. I had a 3.5 [GPA] or above,” Nia said. “My mom always made sure…That was the first thing she always instilled in us that when we came home from school, before anything else, we had to make sure our homework was done.

“My mom came from another country [Germany]. She still has her German accent. English wasn’t her first language. So she wasn’t always able to help us with our homework, but she always made sure academics were first.”

Nia said something in German when asked if she spoke the language, but I don’t speak the language, so I can’t tell you what she said. She noted in English she can speak a little German.

An athletic family, Nia’s younger brother, Ben, played middle linebacker for Palomar College. Their brother, Patrick, played offensive guard for Fresno State University.

Nia loves her family, and she is very respectful of them and her aunt Ata.

“Nobody realizes how much she’s put into this business,” Nia said. “She’s lived, eat, breathed this business for decades. She has so much incredible knowledge. It’s insane. I don’t think anybody really realizes it because she never got in the ring to wrestle, but she used to valet her father [High Chief] Peter Maivia. She’s been to every single match that Rocky [Johnson] had and then Dwayne [The Rock] had.

“I’ll have her watch a match with me, and I will sit there, and I will listen to all her critiques, and everything she says is spot on. She’s amazing.”

– Aunty Ata

Email interview with Ata Maivia Johnson

JV: How is Nia Jax (Savelina Fanene) related to you?

AMJ: Lina’s paternal grandfather is my dad’s uncle. In other words, Lina’s paternal grandfather and my paternal grandmother are brother and sister. So Lina is my niece on my father’s side. Lina’s mother is German, and her father is Samoan.

JV: What can you say about her as a wrestler and as a person?

AMJ: As a wrestler, Lina is a hard worker and she’s driven. We’re really proud of how fast she is learning her craft. As a person, she’s strong, charming and determined. Years ago, after attending her first wrestling show, I said to her, “Do you think this is something you could do?” Like we were talking about serving ice cream – Ha. She kinda smirked and said, “Yeah, I can do it,” and the rest is history.

JV: What was it like watching her wrestle at the NXT show in Miami during the summer?

AMJ: When I first saw her in the ring, my first thought was, “Geez, she’s a beast,” and my second thought was, “Wow, she’s a natural in the wrestling ring.”

– Going back to Miami

Nia Jax will bring that natural talent to Miami-Dade County (where it all started for her) as NXT invades the Fieldhouse at the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami on Thursday, March 17 in Coral Gables.

Will Aunty Ata be there?

“You know she will,” Nia said with a smile. “She always has her ringside seat.”

NXT will continue its South Florida swing the next night (Friday, March 18) at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

“Those crowds are always so lively,” Nia said. “I can’t wait. I’m so excited to walk out there and see what they have for us.”

Source: MiamiHerald.com

WWE NXT Results – March 2nd, 2016
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Backstage, William Regal compliments Eva Marie and Nia Jax before announcing their next tag team match will be against Bayley and Asuka.

NXT Backstage Fallout: Is This NXT’s Most Dominate Duo?
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After defeating Bayley & Carmella, Eva Marie & Nia Jax send a warning to the NXT Women’s Champion.

WWE NXT Results – February 24th, 2016
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Nia Jax & Eva Marie vs. Carmella & Bayley

Nia Jax makes her way out first for the main event. Eva Marie enters next, followed by Carmella, then NXT Women’s Champion Bayley.

Eva and Carmella start the match. Carmella takes Eva down several times. Carmella makes the tag to Bayley. They double suplex her before Eva tags in Nia. Jax tosses Bayley across the ring. Jax pulls Bayley over and she tags Eva. Eva is tripped and the Baymella double team Eva with strikes in the corner.


Carmella has Eva in a headlock as we come back from break. Carmella runs into a slam from Jax. Jax takes Carmella back to the heel corner for the tag. Eva takes too much time and Carmella rolls her up. Eva slams Carmella back into the corner for the tag. Jax wraps Carmella in a bear hug. Eva tags in and kicks Carmella down. Carmella is held against the ropes. Jax takes a few right hands before trying to tag Bayley. Jax holds Carmella back in the ropes.

Nia applies a chicken wing choke hold before swinging her around. Carmella tries to elbow her way out and Jax falls out of the ring when Carmella side steps her. Carmella and Jax tag. Bayley tags Eva down with elbows and clotheslines. Bayley suplexes Eva before hitting elbows in the corner. Bayley connects with a spinning elbow from the top. Bayley hits the belly to belly, but Jax pulls Bayley off of Eva.

Carmella is tagged and she covers Eva. Carmella applies her submission on Eva, but Nia once again breaks it up. Jax pulls Eva to their corner to make the tag. Jax connects with three leg drops on Carmella and Eva covers for the win.