The Real Reason Paige Retired From The WWE

Paige was the WWE’s Anti-Diva: A goth girl
whose rocker garb and unassuming attitude challenged the company’s long-standing tradition
of buxom, glittery female wrestlers who looked like cheerleaders. She wasn’t about to let
those stereotypes stand in her way, especially when she had in-ring talents and wasn’t just
another cookie-cutter pretty face. As a result, she tore through the WWE’s roster of Divas,
which was what the company called its female wrestlers at that point, with such efficiency
that the WWE itself credits her refreshingly different image and talent with playing a
significant part in ushering the company to a new, more enticing age of women’s pro wrestling. Which leaves fans with one question: Why isn’t
she still ruling the roost in the women’s division? What made Paige quit and retire
from the WWE? Okay, that’s two questions, but, the ultimate
reason for Paige’s retirement from in-ring action was a series of accumulated neck injuries,
as the BBC tells us. Paige told shocked fans in April 2018: “Unfortunately due to neck injuries I can
no longer perform as an in-ring competitor. This is one of the hardest things I’ll ever
have to say in my entire career.” While Paige had suffered a few injuries before
her untimely retirement, Wrestling Inc. tells us that her career was ultimately ended by
a single unfortunate kick that took place far from the TV cameras. On December 2017,
she was part of the lineup in an untelevised WWE house show, and her opponent, Sasha Banks,
kicked her in the back as part of their match routine. Unfortunately, the kick hit in the back of
Paige’s neck, which didn’t mesh well with her ongoing neck issues. She flopped down
to the mat, and as she struggled to get back to her feet and the referee realized that
things had gone awry. Whilte medics and WWE employees rushed to the stage, and a stretcher
was brought out, Paige realized full well that this was likely her last rodeo, so she
refused to be carried out of the ring and decided to walk away with the aid of the medical
staff. Just in case you can’t fully appreciate what
it took for Paige to perform that last walk-out, here’s what the woman herself has to say about
the incident: “My neck just wasn’t as strong as it was before
so I ended up getting temporary paralysis on my entire body. So, I am laying there in
the middle of the ring, and I could feel it. I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to wrestle
anymore. I had never had that done to me. I couldn’t feel anything, I just laid there.
I wasn’t in any pain but I just started crying.” She took a hit so hard, it actually paralyzed
her but she still walked away with her own two feet. That’s dedication. She also never
blamed Sasha Banks for the incident. On the contrary, she makes a point of stating that
Banks was not at fault in any way and that her own neck was just not at the level required
to take these kinds of hits anymore. Banks, for her part, stayed on Paige’s side throughout
the aftermath. In the end, doctors gave Paige two options:
retire straight away, or have surgery… and then retire. She picked the first choice,
and while she found it incredibly difficult to adjust to a life after in-ring competition,
which had been her whole life up to that point, she ultimately powered through. Yet her retirement from wrestling didn’t extend
to all aspects of the business, just inside the ring. So the WWE has put her charisma
to good use, and she continues to grace the company’s shows in various on-screen managerial
and executive roles. In fact, just 24 hours after her retirement announcement, WWE owner
Vince McMahon’s son, Shane, recruited her as the new onscreen General Manager of the
company’s Smackdown Live brand. And after that stage in her career ended, she moved
on to become the manager of popular superstars Asuka and Kairi Sane. So, who knows? Regardless of whether she ever
performs another finisher again, Paige might still have a long future in wrestling. Either
way, she’ll certainly be remembered for her many, many contributions to the sport she
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