Nia Jax, a former WWE star, has revealed details of her journey in the wrestling industry during a recent appearance on "Busted Open Radio." Jax began her career in 2015, training at the WWE Performance Center in NXT. She quickly climbed the ranks and was drafted to the main roster just a year later in 2016.
In her interview, Jax discussed her tryout experience at the Performance Center, noting that she was the first to be evaluated at the newly opened facility. She shared that she had intended to train elsewhere until her cousin, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, suggested she consider the WWE Performance Center instead.
During her tryout, Jax received positive feedback from staff members, including Sara Amato and Joey Mercury. This feedback ultimately led to her being invited to the developmental program, which Bill DeMott led at the time.
Nia Jax's Surprising Draft Experience
Jax had a positive experience training under DeMott, stating she responded well to his strict love approach. While she did not have the opportunity to train on the independent circuit, she felt DeMott's goal was to ingrain his students in the wrestling culture.
After a year in NXT, Jax was shocked to receive news of her draft to the main roster in 2016. She was not informed beforehand and was caught off guard when her name was called during the draft. Jax explained that she was asked to watch the draft with her fellow NXT wrestlers, and she was texting her mom when she was unexpectedly called up to the "Raw" brand.
Despite her surprise, Jax embraced the opportunity and became the "Raw" Women's Champion during her time with WWE. Jax's journey in the wrestling industry highlights the importance of seizing opportunities and making the most of unexpected chances.
With hard work, determination, and a willingness to learn from experienced professionals, achieving great success in professional wrestling is possible.