From WWE Divas champ to global sex tape scandal, how Paige proved to be the ultimate warrior
She's been to hell and back, but none of it could break her spirit as she remains one of the most popular names in the wrestling world
Former WWE wrestler, Paige (originally named Saraya-Jade Bevis), who is now the on-screen general manager of the SmackDown brand is the central character in the Stephen Merchant-directed biopic, 'Fighting With My Family'.
Set to release February 14, 2019, in Los Angeles and New York and worldwide February 22, 2019, the film stars Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Jack Lowden, Vince Vaughn, and Dwayne Johnson, as the comedy follows Paige (played by Pugh) and her brother Zak (played by Lowden), who get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for the WWE.
The story unfolds when Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, and she must leave her family and face this new, cut-throat world alone. Paige's journey pushes her to dig deep, fight for her family, and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star.
However, this retired WWE British wrestler has more to her than just meets the eye. Retiring at an age as early as 25 - due to a neck injury which occurred while competing in the ring - can be perceived as abrupt, but the decision was certainly not a hasty one for Paige, who last year faced multiple lash outs for a scandal she never intended to be a part of.
Personal and private photos of mine were stolen and unfortunately they were shared publicly without my consent.— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) March 17, 2017
Paige found herself in the middle of a scandal when a sex tape of her along with former WWE wrestler Brad Maddox and currently contracted Wrestlemania 33 co-host, Xavier Woods, were leaked online. The scandals left her devasted as she revealed, “I had days [where] I wanted to physically harm myself,” in a Twitter post.
She went on to claim her phone was hacked and was also ashamed to admit the videos that were leaked were real. The scandal was the nadir in Paige's career as the wrestler soon began contemplating taking her life, and went bald for a significant period of time.
Fortunately, Paige was not alone in her battle. She was supported by her mother, Saraya Knight, who took to Twitter to claim: "People get hacked, unfortunately, my daughter had pics and video shared from years ago, my husband and I support her 100% no fault of her own."
In fact, the scandal did not prevent Paige from getting her happily ever after as her longtime partner, Del Rio, whose real name is José Alberto Rodríguez, made the announcement of their marriage on social media immediately after the scandal. He wrote: "It doesn’t matter how many times you try to break us… is not gonna happen. We were harassed by a company, we still are… ’cause you don’t fool me MF’s, I know it was you trying to destroy us… destroy my baby...She’s better, stronger than all of you. We are getting married Wednesday. Have a nice and go and F… yourself haters.”
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I doesn't matter how many times you try to break us... is not gonna happen... we were harassed by a company we still are... cause you don't fool me MF's I know I was you trying to destroy us... destroy my baby... she's better stronger than all of you pieces of 💩 We are getting married Wednesday ... Have a nice and go and F... yourself hatters
Considering the scandal, it seems the significance of the movie's title alludes to this. She has been fighting with her family to stardom and back and was further supported when it seemed the entire world was judging her. However, Paige managed to get back on her feet as she slammed back at the internet culture of insulting anyone and everyone.
"How many people have to suffer because of the internet and the cowards behind the keyboard. Or how many men and women have fallen into the same trap as me and made those mistakes?” Although we still do not know if the scandal will be one of the plotlines in the film, we surely can expect to get a wide view of Paige's struggle in becoming one of the most renowned names in the world of wrestling.