UPDATE: She was also unhappy with pay. Click here for details.
ORIGINAL: On Wednesday’s Wrestling Observer Live, Bryan Alvarez and Mike Sempervive discussed the Nia Jax rumors. It’s an odd story because no one has officially confirmed anything, other than a denial from WWE about her leaving. There’s also the story from Pro Wrestling Sheet with a source telling them that she took a leave of absence.
Alvarez said, “According to WWE, Nia Jax has not gone and she never left. That’s what they say. She was not at Raw on Monday so she didn’t walk out – that’s for sure.”
“I know that Nia Jax has been unhappy about things. I was told that Nia wanted the match with Asuka at the [TLC] pay-per-view and she’s not getting it. God bless her, I’ve seen that match live [and] I don’t want to see it at the pay-per-view. There were some other things that she was unhappy about.” To me, the fact that Emma got the match should not be taken as a slight to Jax because it’s likely that Asuka will get a squash win at TLC. Jax should be someone saved as a future (and more credible) opponent. Alvarez later added, “Something’s going on but I don’t know what it is. WWE claims there’s nothing going on. But things are going on but I don’t know what’s going on. Does that make sense?”
Alvarez pointed out that people have always been unhappy about things, dating back to the beginning of the company so that is nothing new. So, that doesn’t necessarily mean that her absence from WWE TV this week had anything to do with her being unhappy. If she does end up leaving WWE, then she will be in an interesting position. If she wants to continue wrestling then her options are limited because there aren’t many wrestling companies offering consistent work for women. She does have the family connection to The Rock so Hollywood could be an option for her. Hopefully, we’ll know more in the coming days.
Again, whatever the issues are (personal and/or professional), we wish her the best.
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