Speaking in a new interview with Renee Paquette on her Oral Sessions podcast, Paige has opened up about dealing with trolls on Twitch.
The first ever NXT Women’s Champion explained that while the abuse still hurts her feelings, she’s now at a point in her life where it doesn’t destroy her.
“There are still people out there who like to go out of their way to say the meanest stuff to me. Like even on Twitch I opened up my chat to follower only instead of subscriber only. There’s always one that comes in and mentions a video. I would be lying if I said it didn’t hurt my feelings. But I’ve got to a stage in my life where it doesn’t destroy me anymore. I’m like whatever, it is what it is, but there’s going to be less people doing it.”
Elsewhere during the wide-ranging conversation, Paige also reflected on coming into WWE at a time where female performers were used viewed very differently to how they are viewed today. Recalling her early days with the company, Paige described having to appear in a “horrifying” bikini contest.
Back then the aesthetic was t*ts and a**, even though there were a lot of women that were trying their best to want to wrestle.
Like, when I first got there I had to do a bikini contest. Like what the f*ck is that!?
I was like what, I just remember being so mad about it one day because we had to buy a cover and then unveil ourselves in the ring to 12 people in the crowd, there was like literally mostly children there.
I was like this is horrifying, this is not what I signed up for.
Paige hasn’t competed inside a WWE ring since being injured during a house show on 27th December 2017. The former WWE Superstar retired from active competition shortly after, citing a serious neck injury. Paige later enjoyed a stint as SmackDown General Manger before becoming a contributor on WWE Backstage.
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