Paige: Will She Ever Return To Wrestling Full Time?

Paige and the WWE will be parting ways on July 7th, bringing to an end an 11-year working relationship that’s had more twists and turns to it than a bobsleigh run. Paige announced it herself on social media this past Friday in a statement that read;

Paige here!

July 7th will be the last day with WWE. I’m so thankful and I appreciate the opportunities that the company has given me.

I will always be appreciative of the company that took in an 18-year-old British pale emo girlthat didn’t look like your average diva, giving me the chance of a lifetime and making me feel like a superstar.

I know after my neck injury took me out of in-ring status, it was pretty hard to keep me around for as long as you did, and for that, I’m thankful too.

Thank you to the WWE Universe. You guys are the most passionate group of fans I’ve ever seen. Hope you continue to stay on this journey with me.

I think the toughest part weirdly enough is having to let the Paige name go! But Saraya is helluva name. Kudos to my mum for that one.

FYI I’m not saying I’ll never be in the ring. That day will most certainly come again! Wherever the return maybe.”

So what does the future hold for Paige? Outside of having to revert back to her original ring name, of course. Will we ever see her step back inside a ring? Well, as I don’t know her from Adam and have zero inside information in that regard, all I can do is speculate, but as that’s what The Grevas pays me to do, I do have a couple of thoughts on whether or not I think it will happen.

Paige during her WWE days

Will She Ever Return To Wrestling Full Time?

When Paige burst onto the main roster the night after WrestleMania XXX and won the then-Divas Championship from AJ Lee, the future seemed very bright for the Norwich native. It would prove to be just that over the next couple of years as she had two runs with the belt and was in and around the title picture throughout that time. In fact, there’s an argument to be made—for another time—that she was the face of the so-called women’s revolution—so-called because as soon as the WWE felt they’d placated the masses, they lost interest in anyone on their roster that wasn’t called Flair, Lynch, or Banks—and found herself involved in nearly every major storyline during that period. But just when it seemed that Paige could do no wrong, disaster struck.

Neck surgery and a couple of wellness suspensions saw her out of action for over a year, but she returned in 2017 to kick the bejesus out of Sasha Banks, Bayley, Mickie James and Alexa Bliss, setting herself up as the number one heel in the company. Again, the wrestling gods seemed to be smiling down on her, yet sadly, a month later she would take an errant kick to the back of the head from Sasha Banks and the damage it caused would be bad enough that she would be forced to retire from in-ring competition.

This has obviously had a huge effect on Paige. Here is someone whose entire life had revolved around the wrestling business. Her debut was when she was 13, so to have the one constant in her life ripped away from her must’ve been devastating. But Mama Knight raised no quitters, and Paige has been quite vocal about wanting to return to the ring.

Using Edge’s miraculous comeback as inspiration—both having suffered seemingly career-ending neck injuries—she has a ‘never say never’ attitude towards her situation and any return to the square circle would be greeted with an ovation that would blow any roof off, but how likely is it? I’m not sure. I have no doubt that with advancements in modern medicine that there will be a time when she can have successful surgery to repair her neck, but if it could happen now, why hasn’t it? Surely, if there was even a chance that she could have her wrestling life back we would’ve heard something by now, but the fact that she has yet to go under the knife leads me to believe that any chance of fixing her problem is still a ways off.

I can’t imagine that if there was even a chance of it happening in the next few years that the WWE would have let her contract run down. After all, the pop she would receive and the amount of lapsed viewers who would tune in just to see her grand return would be off the fricking scale. It’s certainly something that they’d hate to give away to a rival company such as AEW.

Sadly, I don’t think we’ll see this happen. I hope to god I’m wrong and she does show up to face off against Britt Baker on next week’s Dynamite, but I can’t believe that the neck problems that have dogged Paige for the past five years are anywhere near being solved, and that saddens me.

I’m a huge fan of Paige. I have been ever since I saw her wrestling under her Britani Knight moniker back in 2011 for Pro Wrestling: EVE, and to think that she might not ever grace the ropes again is a massive downer. Having said all that, with everything she’s been through—which has all been documented elsewhere, so there’s no need to rake through all that again—I’m just glad she’s clean, sober, and in the position where somewhere down the line she may be able to lace up her boots again.

Never say never, right?

Written by Neil Gray

SPOBS very own Mouth Of The South (West).

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