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    Paige's In Ring Career Is Over

    Seems like there's some sad news out there...multiple sources are reporting this now...here's PWInsider's report.

    2016 into 2017 was one issue after another for WWE star Paige. 2017 into 2018 was supposed to be her major comeback to WWE, her redemption. Inside the ring, sadly, that will not be the case.
    In a situation described as similar to WWE Hall of Famer Adam "Edge" Copeland's medical disqualification from the ring, WWE star Paige (Saraya-Jade Bevis, 25 years old) was informed this week that she will not be cleared to return to the ring after her most recent in-ring injury, PWInsider.com has confirmed with multiple sources. It is believed Paige was given the news at the Raw taping this past Monday. We have been told by multiple sources she is "done" as an in-ring wrestler.
    During a six woman tag team bout on 12/28/17 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island, Paige had her back to Sasha Banks, who was behind her against the turnbuckles. Banks used the ropes to pull herself up and kicked with both legs to Paige's back. Paige, obviously not ready for the bump, went down face first. She tried to get up but could not get her legs under her, finally did get up and turned to grab Banks, immediately falling down again and rolling over to her back, where she stayed. The referee checked on her and called for the bell. She was examined by WWE medical personnel and a stretcher was brought to ringside to transport her back to the locker room. After several minutes, Paige walked out under her own power.

    It was believed at the time that Paige had suffered a stinger, leading to her losing feeling in her extremities. Given her previous neck surgery, WWE pulled her from the ring and set up further testing that led to this week's decision.

    Paige had been announced for the first-ever Women's Royal Rumble match on 1/28 in Philadelphia after she was injured, but we are told that was before medical testing led to the determination that she was to be pulled from performing as an in-ring competitor. She will be replaced in the match and all signs are that she will relegated to a non-physical role for the company going forward. One would assume the company will devise a way to write her out of the Rumble match without any physicality, similar to how Daniel Bryan is not allowed to be involved in anything physical in his current role as Smackdown General Manager.

    Paige's injury came, as most injuries do, at the worst possible time.
    2016 into 2017 was an explosive year for Paige that saw her undergo neck surgery, be hit with a pair of WWE Wellness Policy suspensions, undergo the embarrassment of personal and explicit videos being leaked and of course, her public and tumultuous relationship with Alberto el Patron. There were a number of incidents that played out in the public eye involving the couple, included a July 2017 scene at the Orlando International Airport that was so bad, local authorities got involved, later determining not only that Paige was the aggressor in the situation but that there was enough evidence to prosecute her for domestic violence battery. In the end, the District Attorney's office opted not to move forward with the prosecution.

    By the latter part of the year, however, Paige was cleared medically and was finally back in the ring, spending time at the WWE Performance Center in order to prepare for a television return. She was brought back with great fanfare during a great Raw segment last year, helping to introduce NXT talents Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville to the main roster as part of the Absolution faction. The strategy behind putting the group together may have been to devise a way to limit Paige's ring time due to her previous neck issues, while also getting her back on TV in a prominent role. Almost immediately, the trio was clicking, feuding with Sasha Banks, Bayley and Mickie James. Paige was right back where she should have been.

    Then, the injury happened.

    The irony of the situation, a number of sources have pointed out, is that no one would think there was anything physically wrong by looking at Paige, making it even more unthinkable that she, at 25, is being removed from WWE competition.

    A second generation star from Norwich, England who broke into the business at just 13 years of age, Paige's signing to WWE developmental was instrumental in leading to the current incarnation of the WWE women's division. She was one of the first breakout stars of the WWE NXT brand as it evolved from just being a developmental territory. NXT's Women's division, unlike the WWE main roster at the time, specifically focused on the athletic in-ring abilities of the female talents and built stories, title matches and rivalries no different than NXT's male counterparts.
    As more and more talents migrated from NXT to arrive on WWE's main roster, the women's division there also evolved, becoming far more performance-based as the division became a more popular and important piece of WWE's product, Paige was not only a major part of moving the division forward, she was the first sign of that the tides were changing.

    Paige, the first NXT Women's champion, was moved to the main roster as a surprise the day after Wrestlemania 30 in New Orleans, shockingly defeating AJ Lee to become the WWE Divas champion. In doing so, Paige became the first and only woman to hold the belts simultaneously. With her Divas championship win, she was also the youngest woman to hold the belt at 21 years of age. She would hold the Divas championship twice.

    While Paige will not be allowed to wrestle going forward by the company, we are told that she is extremely well liked by management, so one would think she would remain with the company in some capacity. She was featured on reality series Total Divas, so that's a possible vehicle for her, as are WWE Studios feature films. It's also possible the company could tap her to Coach in the NXT system or attempt to transition her into another on camera role.

    Of course, The Rock is producing WWE Studios' forthcoming film "Fighting With My Family", which will be released theatrically September 14th. The company will obviously utilize Paige to promote the film, which based on a British documentary made about Paige's family, The Knights, who have been wrestling and promoting the World Association of Wrestling (WAW) promotion in Great Britain for years. One of the lead characters, named Raya (short for Saraya, Paige's given name) is played by actress Florence Pugh and is the central character of the film as it follows a fictionalized version of Paige's path to World Wrestling Entertainment, right down to a major scene where they recreate the night she debuted on Raw and captured the Divas championship.
    The importance of her connection to the film alone should allow Paige to continue to be showcased in some fashion until the film hits theaters.
    Outside of WWE, Paige had been attempting to build a separate brand for herself under the name "Saraya" with the assistance of former WWE star Rosa Mendes and her husband. Obviously, that will continue as well.
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    Re: Paige Done?

    Man that is terrible news especially at 25 years old.

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    Re: Paige Done?

    Asolutley awful timing for her with the Rumble match coming up but it is what it is. Hopefully she gets a good gig either on screen or backstage. Can see her managing Sonya and Mandy for a little while which would be great for both girls



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    Re: Paige Done?

    So Sad
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    Hopefully she can find a non in-ring role moving forward

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    Quote Originally Posted by CGS View Post
    Asolutley awful timing for her with the Rumble match coming up but it is what it is. Hopefully she gets a good gig either on screen or backstage. Can see her managing Sonya and Mandy for a little while which would be great for both girls
    I don't think they'd let her go anywhere near the ring as a manager.

    This just means she's not wrestling again for WWE. I can see her wrestling somewhere else.

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    Re: Paige Done?

    inb4 the "What's PAGE doing in the impact zone?" joke.



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    Re: Paige Done?

    Quote Originally Posted by Necro View Post
    I don't think they'd let her go anywhere near the ring as a manager.

    This just means she's not wrestling again for WWE. I can see her wrestling somewhere else.
    She's already kind of a manager right now and there's no way they're going to let her walk until after they've used her to promote that movie about her family.


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    Re: Paige Done?

    Quote Originally Posted by Necro View Post
    I don't think they'd let her go anywhere near the ring as a manager.

    This just means she's not wrestling again for WWE. I can see her wrestling somewhere else.
    Bryan and Edge are both in the same boat and WWE let them near the ring, just don’t allow them to take bumps (Same with Corey Graves). Can easily do the same with Paige.



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    Re: Paige Done?

    This sucks. Just when she was back and had freshened up things on RAW. Still her health has to come first.
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    Re: Paige Done?

    Was never a big fan but this a shame for someone so young. And with a promising redemption story and the historic Rumble, it really rubs salt in the wounds I imagine.
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    At only 25 as well. Such a shame for her. Hope that she becomes a manger or a ring agent for the women.
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    25 years old is very, very young to have their wrestling career ended. Paige really must be devastated to hear the words, cause she was on a road to make a comeback after being out for so long.

    On the bright side, she can be some type of manager. She could replace herself in Absolution with another female to keep the stable alive, cause I don't want to see the stable end so soon.


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    Re: Paige Done?

    Just heard about this. Was on YouTube when a news videos came up with the title that Paige was retiring. My heart broke. I feel really bad for get, I hope she is alright mentally with the news and if able to heal up mentally. She was fun to watch in the ring in both NXT and the main roster.

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    Re: Paige Done?

    Really bad news for her, she's been through a lot in recent years and I was hoping things had turned the corner and she was going to make up for lost time in 2018, but health comes first. As some other have said it's an awful time to have to retire missing out on the rumble, but that's sadly been a big part of her WWE career. Paige missed out on all the historic moments in the women's revolution like the first Raw main event in ages, the first Takeover main event, the first PPV main event, the first HIAC, the first MITB, she missed the whole rebrand from Divas to women, she'll never be a WWE Women's champion. These are moments she should of been apart of because when she got the call up from NXT she was the perfect act to help bring in a new era as the anti-diva but they weren't ready to change yet, and a year later it's the four horsewomen that get all the credit and her wrestling career begins to tank. I have always gone on record however of saying that her, and Emma, were the true pioneers of women's wrestling in WWE because they got fans to give a fuck about them in NXT and they were the first ones to raise the bar in standards back in 2013. It all started with those two.

    Absolution gives her a role for now, she can be a mentor/mouth piece for those girls, she still has the movie to come out and they'll still want her around for total divas etc. She's immensely popular and WWE won't let her leave the company without putting forward a bunch of opportunities for her first.

    It is worth remembering that even though she's retiring at 25, she's been wrestling since she was 13 because of her family. She had a longer career than women like Trish, Lita, Chyna, Brie, Michelle McCool to name a few.

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    Re: Paige's In Ring Career Is Over

    So sad hearing that Paige is going through this right now. I bet she feels like she's running up a Hill, and theirs Rocks being thrown down the Hill and she can never reach the top. I don't know if a Manager role would be something she would love to do, because she loves to the wrestle so I can see her leaving WWE and seeing what happens from there.

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    Re: Paige's In Ring Career Is Over

    I'm wondering if she'd be happy moving to an on-screen authority type of figure? She's got so much to give and has all that experience that she can use both on screen and backstage. I'm sure she's got a job for as long as she wants one....even more so when they welcomed her back with open arms following the whole Bertie stuff.
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