Former WWE star Paige has recalled how her career-ending injury happened and how quickly she realised her career was over.
On the Monday Night Raw after WrestleMania 34, Paige announced that she was retiring from in-ring competition. The star, who had already come back from one serious neck injury, was struck down again at a live event on December 27th 2017 after an incident involving Sasha Banks.
During an appearance at Starrcast V in a special panel with Brian Zane, the former NXT Women’s Champion was asked about potentially returning to action. Paige, real name Saraya, has repeatedly stated that she would like to wrestle again if she could get medically cleared.
Speaking at Starrcast, she again admitted that she would like to wrestle again before breaking down how her retirement came about. Paige revealed that she knew her career was over the minute the accident happened.
“I would love to for sure. I mean having your career taken away from you without wanting to, not retiring, not on my terms is disappointing. I already knew that once my neck got kicked in the middle of the live event match, once I went down, I was just like ‘This is it. This is the end of my career right here.’ I already knew it, I couldn’t feel my body first of all, I lost control of my arms and my legs and I’m just laying there looking up at the referee and I can’t feel my body I’m paralysed right now.
So he threw up the ‘X’ and I look at poor Sasha [Banks] in the corner and she’s like ‘I’m so sorry.’ And I’m like ‘If it wasn’t you, it was going to be somebody else.’
I thought I could come back and do exactly the same things that I could do prior to my first neck injury, and so that’s on me, that’s my fault. I did literally the same move with Bayley the day before, and unfortunately timing was just a little bit off and it happens, it is what it is.”
After a lengthy run with WWE, Paige left the company on July 7th 2022 after they decided not to renew her contract.
Earlier on in the conversation the star addressed speculation linking her with a move to AEW.
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