WWE superstar Paige announces her retirement from pro-wrestling after serious injury
Monday night RAW saw a large number of heartbroken wrestling fans, as WWE superstar Paige announced her retirement from pro-wrestling. The 25-year-old, real name Saraya-Jade Bevis, tearfully confirmed that she would be bidding farewell to the ring, months after she suffered a serious injury to her surgically repaired back.
Paige took the microphone and said, “Unfortunately due to neck injuries, I can no longer perform in this ring as an in-ring competitor.”
“Four years ago is where I debuted and won the Diva’s championship, and four years later New Orleans is where I want to retire. So, I want to say thank you to every single one of you,” Paige said during her announcement.
So much was the impact of her announcement, that the crowd instantly started chanting “this is your house,” before they broke into a unanimous applause for the professional wrestler.
Paige's injury happened during a WWE house show in Uniondale, New York in December last year. It was believed she had suffered a 'stinger', which is an impact injury to the head or neck, causing a stinging or burning sensation, when she was kicked from behind by Sasha Banks.
The timing of the WWE superstar's injury could not be any worse since it made her miss the first ever women’s Royal Rumble match announced by the WWE this year. With her existing image in the wrestling universe as the “Women’s Revolution” inside the WWE, many thought she would be the star of this historic match.
However, this will definitely not going to be the last that we see of her. According to a source close to Hollywood Life, Paige would remain “an on-camera character and may remain as a manager for [Absolution, the team she was leading with Sonya Deville, 24, and Mandy Rose, 26] on television.”