Another member of the famed Anoa’i family is trying her hand at professional wrestling as Lina Fanene, a former college basketball player from California, is performing for WWE in the sports-entertainment organization’s developmental branch, NXT. She is known as Nia Jax.
In regards to how Fanene is related to the Anoa’i family, her uncle is WWE Hall of Famer High Chief Peter Maivia, the maternal grandfather of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. She began training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida in April 2014.
October 15, 2015 – Nia Jax made her somewhat anticipated NXT in-ring debut on this week’s show after weeks of vignettes hyping her arrival. The cousin of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Roman Reigns showed off an impressive ‘big woman’ move set and displayed a commanding ring presence while making quick work of independent wrestler Evie.
With the recent arrivals of Asuka and Nia Jax, the NXT Women’s division should continue to garner interest following the main roster promotions of Sasha Banks, Charlotte and Becky Lynch.