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Despite coming from a wrestling family and counting The Rock as a cousin, Nia revealed that she didn’t express a desire to wrestle when she was growing up, due to her fear that the WWE wouldn’t be interested in a woman her size:
“I always had a love for the business. I remember hearing the stories about the patriarch of our family, ‘High Chief’ Peter Maivia, starting out wrestling in a rundown gym back in Auckland, New Zealand, then traveling the world, wrestling all over. I considered wrestling at a young age, but I never could relate to any of the Divas. I have always been a bigger girl, and I did not think that WWE would want a girl my size, so I never expressed my dream to wrestle.”
Nia shared that she only decided to pursue wrestling after talking to The Rock and his mother, who convinced her that her size shouldn’t discourage her. She soon got the opportunity to try out at the WWE Performance Center, which lead to her signing.
She expressed her hope to use her unique look to drive the Diva Revolution forward and inspire girls to follow their dreams:
“NXT women have literally changed women’s wrestling, and being able to be a part of the division is great for me. I am completely different than any other Diva that we have in NXT, and having the advantage of being unique allows me to expand the revolution even further by showing people what a woman of my size can do. Ultimately, I want to convey an image of a beautiful, strong and confident woman. I want young girls to be inspired to love themselves and strive to follow their dreams no matter what.”
Read the full interview on WWE.com.