Nia Jax was rumored to return at the 2020 Women’s Royal Rumble.
Nia Jax made a surprise return Monday night on Raw, ending a year-long absence dating back to last year’s WrestleMania. Jax made quick work of Deonna Purrazzo during an empty-arena Raw after WrestleMania.
Jax, who was the subject of Royal Rumble return rumors only to remain on the shelf, underwent the rare double ACL surgery. Jax was a top star in the women’s division prior to her injury and figures to waste little time getting back to where she was.
While Jax is being eased back into action, however, there are plenty of mouths to feed on the Raw women’s roster. Rife with built-in novelty and momentum as a returning top star, Jax will enter an increasingly competitive women’s division that now boasts Shayna Baszler and Bianca Belair.
Charlotte Flair, who captured the WWE NXT Championship at WrestleMania, Night 2, recently teased wrestling on all three brands.
Prior to her injury, Jax made waves by stealing the show of last year’s men’s Royal Rumble, where she eliminated Mustafa Ali. Jax was also slated for a program with Dean Ambrose, though the match was ultimately cancelled.
While Jax was away, however, WWE continued its pattern of two steps forward, one-step-back as it pertains to equality and representation among women.
Comments about the term “women,” made by Raw women’s champion Becky Lynch, reportedly led to the promotion considering removing the term “women’s” from the NXT Women’s Championship.
My comment about removing the word “women” from the conversation wasn’t about renaming a division, it was about beginning to rethink it. I wasn’t advocating for any changes in title names or anything else (like I’d have the power)—but simply an equal volume of opportunities that are based on skill, and not gender. The term ‘women’ can limit openings because phrases like, ‘there’s already a women’s match on the show’ is still in wrestling’s historical DNA. We’re all just Superstars who want our shots and places on the shows if we earn and deserve them. I’d simply love us to get to a place where there’s three ‘women’s matches’ on PPV, or ten… or none if it so happens we’re not serving the audience.
With both talent and opportunity increasing within the Raw women’s division, Nia Jax will have no shortage of potential opponents as the women’s wrestling revolution continues to see occasional growing pains.
A locker room leader, Jax most recently made headlines by checking NXT newcomer Killer Kross. Kross agreed with a fan who suggested that Liv Morgan was ripping off his girlfriend Scarlett Bordeaux’s ring gear.