“Facebreaker” Nia Jax broke Becky Lynch‘s face with a devastating right-hand punch during the invasion segment on the Survivor Series go-home edition of Monday Night RAW, forcing WWE to pull the SmackDown Women’s Champion from her scheduled match against Ronda Rousey at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
As reported by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE is planning to partially limit Jax’s move set by making it appear that her right-hand punch has been taken away. The cataclysmic move might be reserved for special occasions so that when Nia does land it on her opponent, the damage could be amplified. It is to be noted that the face-breaking punch has been missing from Jax’s routine move set following Lynch’s injury.
Although the injury was purely accidental, WWE decided to take that direction and successfully established Jax as an ardent heel. The Irresistible Force played off the heat from the botch punch in the weeks following Survivor Series by raising her right fist high in the air and claiming how she is the “Facebreaker” of WWE.
At TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, Rousey will be putting her RAW Women’s Championship on the line against Jax (w/ Tamina). It would be interesting to see if the former champ lands her devastating punch on Rousey, for, if she does, then fans have a clear signal that WWE is reserving the move for PPVs only. It’s also possible that the punch is reserved for the “Big 4” pay-per-view events.
For now, Nia has been hitting body blows in her usual spots where she would normally punch her opponent in the face. This seems to be a big change given how one specific move could change the complexion of the entire matchup.
WrestleMania 35 could be the stage where fans can again (hopefully) witness the punch if WWE doesn’t allow Jax to perform the move prior to April 2019.