The professional wrestling career of 25-year-old Saraya-Jade Bevis (known to pro wrestling fans as Paige) has reportedly come to an end.
A spinal injury that is being compared to the one that ended the career of 11-time WWE Champion Adam ‘Edge’ Copeland has permanently shelved Paige from in-ring competition for the world’s leader in sports entertainment. Paige was given the news this past Monday in Tennessee during the latest edition of Monday Night RAW according to PWInisder.
The end came for Paige at a WWE Live event in Long Island during a six-woman tag match that saw her team with Absolution stablemates Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville against the team of Sasha Banks, Bayley and Mickie James. With her back turned and arms extended outward, an unprepared Paige would take a kick to the back from an elevated Banks that would send her to the canvas. Paige would struggle to get up until eventually crumpling back to the ground, where she would stay until medical attention arrived.
Paige returned to the ring on the November 20th episode of RAW out of Houston on the night after Survivor Series. This was the first time we’d see Paige on WWE programming since undergoing neck surgery during the fall of 2016. Her return was met with an overwhelmingly positive response from the crowd. This would show that there was still a huge demand for Paige from the fans following what was a controversial past couple of years for the former 2-time champion due to multiple personal issues that were covered extensively by the media including a turbulent relationship with now former fiancée Alberto El Patron, multiple wellness policy suspensions and a nude photo/video leak controversy that involved a current and former WWE superstar.
A film entitled Fighting with My Family, based on the real life story of Paige, is set for release on September 14th of this year. The film was based on a documentary entitled The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family, that inspired Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to bring the project to life. It’s being co-produced by Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions and WWE Studios.
If this is indeed the end for Paige, her contributions to the world of professional wrestling simply cannot be overstated. The inaugural NXT Women’s Champion will go down as the woman who spearheaded what is being called the “Women’s Revolution” in WWE; many women’s wrestling pundits will point you back to her matches with Emma in NXT being the beginning of WWE/NXT giving women more time during the modern era to tell a real story in the ring.
On the RAW after WrestleMania 30, Paige become the youngest WWE Women’s Champion in history by defeating AJ Lee for the Divas title. This would mark the WWE debut for the NXT Women’s Champion, who would hold both titles simultaneously until being forced to vacate the NXT belt due to her permanent promotion to the main roster.
As documented in Fighting with My Family, Paige’s mother, Saraya, began wrestling in 1990 and continues to perform until this day. She’s also the founder an co-owner of Bellatrix, an independent female wrestling promotion out of Norwich that falls under the WWA umbrella, and remains instrumental in the training of female independent wrestlers around the world.
With an addictive personality and unmatched charisma, Paige should not have any trouble finding success beyond the ring whether it be as a part of WWE or working and promoting anywhere else inside or outside of the wrestling world. Expect her to be a big part of WWE programming leading up to the release of Fighting with My Family.
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