Paige has confirmed that she will be leaving WWE on 7 July, ending her eleven-year journey with the company.
In a surprising development, Paige has announced she’ll be leaving WWE on Thursday, 7 July. ‘The Anti-Diva’ made a heartfelt post on her Twitter, thanking the WWE Universe for supporting her throughout her journey.
The former Absolution member acknowledged that her neck injury made it “pretty hard” for WWE to keep her under contract for as long as they did. She’s been officially inactive since retiring the night after WrestleMania 34, though she’d not wrestled since the prior December.
Most interesting of all is that Paige seemingly confirmed her return to in-ring competition, though she didn’t specifically announce where or when that would take place. The real-life Saraya-Jade Bevis also revealed she’ll no longer be using the Paige name, and will instead by going simply by Saraya.
— SARAYA (@RealPaigeWWE) June 10, 2022
After making her debut at the age of thirteen, Paige was signed by WWE in September 2011. A focal point of NXT, she became the inaugural NXT Women’s Champion in the summer of 2013. The WWE Divas Championship followed, which she lifted from AJ Lee on the Raw following WrestleMania XXX.
In total, the 29-year-old held the Divas Championship twice, though these reigns elevated her to become Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s number one ranked female talent for 2014, as well as Rolling Stone’s Diva of the Year.
Suffering a career-ending neck injury after taking a kick from Sasha Banks at a December 2017 live event, Paige would serve as the General Manager of SmackDown for the remainder of 2018. Her final regular television role saw her serve as the short-term manager to The Kabuki Warriors the following year.
Paige’s WWE journey from rookie sensation to Divas Champion was also adapted into a critically-acclaimed film, Fighting With My Family, released in early 2019. The film starred Florence Pugh in the role of ‘The Norfolk Doll’.