Is Nia Jax Related to The Rock? The Truth About the WWE Superstar’s Family Ties

Nia Jax is one of the most dominant and powerful women in WWE history. She has won the RAW Women’s Championship and the Women’s Tag Team Titles in her career. But did you know that she is also related to one of the biggest stars in Hollywood and wrestling, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson?

How is Nia Jax related to The Rock?

Nia Jax is the second cousin once removed of The Rock. The RAW star is the daughter of Renate and Joseph Fanene, and the latter is the first cousin of Dwayne Johnson’s grandfather, Peter Maivia. This makes Nia Jax and The Rock cousins, while Roman Reigns, Jimmy, and Jey Uso are her extended family.

The Anoa’i family is one of the most prestigious and well-known wrestling families out there. They have produced multiple legends of the sport, such as Rikishi, Umaga, and The Rock. Which is why it’s no surprise that Nia was inspired by a family member.

How The Rock influenced Nia Jax’s wrestling career

In a past appearance on the Talk is Jericho podcast, Nia Jax stated that she was inspired to become a wrestler after watching The Rock vs. John Cena at WrestleMania 28. The returning superstar also shared how her cousin was the one who recommended trying out for WWE.

“Dwayne [Johnson] had heard about the Performance Center, and he said that I should try out to see if maybe that is something that I would want to do; to get in there and see how it is. I had a three-day tryout at the Performance Center […] I didn’t hear anything from anybody, but Hunter [Triple H] had contacted Dwayne and said that we were going to give her a shot in Orlando, so that was when I was signed,” Nia Jax said.

The Rock has also shown his support and pride for Nia Jax on social media. In late-2016, he made a post on Instagram about Nia Jax and her abilities:

“She ain’t like most girls. Me and my cuz @niajaxwwe (Lina) layin’ down our post workout. Really proud of the hard work she’s putting in 24/7 to become a real asset and draw for the WWE and their Women’s Division which has some of the best female athletes on the planet. Luv spending hours with her chopping it up because she’s so coachable & enthusiastic to learn the wrestling business inside and out from me. But what I’m most proud of about Lina’s journey is she represents millions of young girls around the world who don’t fit the “traditional mold” of what girls in the entertainment industry look like. She’s an inspiring example that regardless of your look, height, weight, race, the most powerful thing you can always be is yourself. Because you’re perfect. Just keep putting in that hard work and being humble and hungry. We’re all rooting for ya,” The Rock wrote.

Will Nia Jax and The Rock ever share the ring?

Nia Jax recently returned to WWE after being released in 2021. She made a surprise appearance at the Women’s Royal Rumble 2023 match, where she was the last entrant. She was eliminated by several superstars, and the match was won by Rhea Ripley.

Now that Nia Jax is back in action, many fans are wondering if she will ever team up with or face her cousin The Rock in the ring. The Rock has been rumored to return to WWE for a long time, especially to face his other cousin Roman Reigns, who is currently the Universal Champion and the leader of the Bloodline stable with Jimmy and Jey Uso.

A possible family feud between The Rock and Roman Reigns could also involve Nia Jax, who could either side with her Hollywood cousin or her fellow WWE superstars. Alternatively, Nia Jax could also