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Former two-time Divas champion Paige made her return to WWE programming on Raw Monday evening, showing for the primary time since June 2016.
Paige interrupted a tag workforce match involving Sasha Banks, Mickie James, Alicia Fox and Bayley. WWE confirmed her return:
Are we seeing issues?! @ActualPaigeWWE is BACK on Monday Night #RAW! https://t.co/VLedKz9YXG
Paige additionally boasted of getting firm on Raw, which prompted the arrivals of Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, each of whom made their important roster debuts after beforehand wrestling for NXT.
Paige, Rose and Deville proceeded to put waste to these within the ring, with Fox making a hasty retreat earlier than she might obtain a beatdown. Paige ended the badault by delivering the Ram-Paige to Bayley:
… and the PAIGE has formally TURNED within the #RAW Women’s Division! @itsBayleyWWE @SonyaDevilleWWE @WWE_MandyRose https://t.co/yx7CXR2Ofp
The 25-year-old native of England was suspended 30 days for her first violation of WWE’s wellness coverage in August 2016 on the identical day as her real-life boyfriend, Alberto Del Rio.
After Del Rio got here to phrases on his launch from the corporate in September 2016, rumors from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t WrestlingInc.com) surfaced that Paige had both been fired or stop as nicely.
In response to that, Paige posted the next badertion on Twitter and insisted she could be again in motion after an damage she was coping with healed up:
Paige’s highway again to the ring hit one other snag in October 2016, although, when she was suspended 60 days for her second violation of WWE’s wellness coverage.
The Norwich, England, native’s father, Ricky Knight, mentioned on Facebook that the violation was on account of painkillers prescribed by docs to deal with neck ache Paige was coping with.
WWE then supplied the next badertion to Ryan Lazo of the New York Post concerning Paige’s suspension: “Saraya-Jade Bevis [Paige] tested positive for an illegal substance, not a prescription drug. In addition, WWE is providing world-clbad medical care for her in-ring injury.”
Following Paige’s second suspension, Del Rio tweeted what seemed to be a physician’s clarification of the neck damage she was hampered by:
Alberto El Patron @PrideOfMexico
Hmm ?attention-grabbing they usually say she’s not harm… https://t.co/6rr7e5Ob6r
It wasn’t till Sept. 18 that speak of Paige’s return to WWE really picked up steam, as she tweeted about spending time on the WWE Performance Center:
Good day at present. ???? https://t.co/6hikPrd0zU
While the likes of Charlotte, Sasha, Becky Lynch and Bayley have acquired a lot of the credit score for spearheading the Women’s Revolution in WWE, Paige helped usher in a larger emphasis on ladies’s wrestling as nicely.
She was the primary NXT ladies’s champion, and her match in opposition to Emma at NXT Arrival in 2014 supplied a glimpse of issues to come back when it comes to ladies receiving ample time and alternative to carry out within the ring.
The Anti-Diva made an immediate influence on the principle roster by defeating AJ Lee for the Divas Championship in her first match, however when an inflow of expertise arrived on Raw and SmackDown final yr, she began to get misplaced within the shuffle.
Paige is gifted, nonetheless, and has doubtless solely scratched the floor of her potential, which bodes nicely for her future prospects.
Although Raw arguably boasts extra top-end ladies’s expertise than SmackDown with Asuka, Sasha, Bayley and Alexa Bliss headlining the division, depth is a matter, which is why Paige’s return ought to be useful when it comes to constructing a number of storylines of curiosity on the similar time.
Potential rivalries with Asuka, Bayley, Sasha, Alexa and Nia Jax promise to pique the curiosity of wrestling followers and badist increase the profile of ladies’s wrestling much more.
One can argue that Paige’s WWE tenure has been considerably disappointing to date regardless of a pair of title reigns, however with extra expertise round her than ever earlier than, she has a golden alternative to succeed in the subsequent degree, and her return was an enormous step in the fitting path.
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