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Paige has slotted nicely into her role as SmackDown General Manager since her unveiling in April, with her portrayal as a fair, balanced authority figure making her a great successor for Daniel Bryan.

Her work has drawn largely positive reactions from WWE audiences, and according to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson, WWE are just as enamoured with the 25-year-old.

As per Johnson on a recent episode of Elite Audio, the company are “extremely happy” with Paige’s position on SmackDown, and want to utilise her even more in the build-up to the biographical Fighting With My Family film, which releases in March 2019.

Paige will likely receive a lot more screentime as a means of promoting the film, but she definitely won’t be wrestling any time soon. As was revealed a few weeks ago, if the former Divas Champion is ever cleared to compete again, it won’t be for another 15-20 years.

Having hurt her surgically repaired neck at a December 2017 house show, Paige didn’t formally announce her retirement until the night after WrestleMania 34. It was a devastating blow, particularly as it came so soon after her return from a 17-month absence, but the company have done right by repositioning her on SmackDown.

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After suffering a career-ending injury in January, current SmackDown Live general manager Paige had a hard time accepting that she could never perform in the ring again. It took her four months to finally announce her retirement in an emotional speech on Monday Night RAW the night after WrestleMania 34. Paige opened up to Edge and Christian on E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness about how she was able to get some closure after her retirement speech.

“I had to actually go home back to England for like 8 or 9 days to get my Visa fixed, so I literally didn’t do any work, I was just with my family. It was definitely the best for me. It gave me a minute to figure out what just happened and allow it to sink in, but I feel good about it surprisingly,” Paige said. “I remember you [Edge] telling me that after I were to finish with my promo I would have this huge weight lifted off of my shoulders, and that it would be great closure, and then to be announced as the [SmackDown Live] general manager the next day, it’s kind of like winning the lottery for me. It’s a different role and I love it. I absolutely love it. I get to be a boss. I’m a woman that gets to be a boss.”

Edge was actually backstage at RAW the night that Paige retired. He was also forced to retire due to a neck injury like Paige, so he was able to offer her advice and comfort before she made her speech. Paige said she received an outpouring of support from her fellow superstars backstage which she enjoyed, but she knew it wasn’t the end for her.

“I didn’t tell many people that I was going to retire, but when I saw you [Edge] I had to do the speech so it was perfect and asked if I could speak with you whenever you had a moment before I had to go out there. When people saw me afterwards–it was really hard afterwards because I was on the stage and I was thinking, ‘Oh my God. This is it–closure,'” she said. “Then I came back into the curtain and people were crying, and I was like, you guys are making this so much worse. I said to myself that I got this, and that I am good, but then I went to the back and Stephanie [McMahon] grabbed me and hugged me for the longest time, which was lovely, and then Vince [McMahon] and Hunter [Triple H]. I felt like I died or something, like, ‘Oh, she was such a good person.’ I was like, ‘Guys, I didn’t die! I’m still here!'”

She is still here, as she was named general manager of SmackDown Live the night after he retirement. Paige said she was caught off-guard by the news because the WWE kept it a complete secret. She said she enjoyed the reception she received from fans because it showed her that they still want her to be a part of the WWE.

“It’s all secrecy. They didn’t want it to spoil it. They didn’t even tell me. They told me that I was going to SmackDown Live the next night. I had asked why, but they didn’t tell me. At that point, I had been touring a lot. Did a lot for WrestleMania week, so I was exhausted physically and mentally where I just wanted to go home so I was curious as to what was going on. I got to SmackDown the next day, Road Dogg, along with my writing team surround me and I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, am I about to be beat up. Do I owe you money?’ It was then they told me I was going to be the SmackDown general manager, but don’t tell anyone. We don’t even have the script yet,” she said. “I go through this thing where when I do something big I tend to lose my voice. When I re-debuted I lost my voice. When I did commentary at WrestleMania I lost my voice, it’s like, oh my God. What is wrong with me? Fix your voice! They told me that they had to check my voice because today was a very big day. By then I had already drank a bunch of tea and cough drops. Once I got out there the crowd was great, and received a bigger reception than my retirement speech the night previous. I was like, ‘Wow, this is super cool. You still want me around.'”

SmackDown Live general manager Paige was recently a guest on E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness. During her conversation with Edge and Christian, she discussed what led to her career-ending neck injury.

Paige officially announced her retirement from in-ring competition in April on Monday Night Raw the night after WrestleMania 34. She was forced to stop performing after suffering a neck injury at a live event in January, just a couple months after making her return following multiple neck surgeries. Paige said she thinks she pushed her body too far and it eventually caught up with her.

“I honestly felt really confident about it, but that’s the inner-wrestler stubbornness. You know how we are; we can be fine, and all believe we are unbreakable. Just coming back and it kind of humbled me a little bit,” Paige said. “I thought I was fine, and perhaps earn a championship match, but I did come back with the confidence that this was going to be fine, but I kind of felt that in a single’s match where something didn’t feel right as it was before. I had to go down to the Performance Center and take bumps by moving my neck somewhere and kicking out of a finish and moving my head to the side because it couldn’t be the same. I had to adjust in a lot of ways.”

Paige recalled the moment she suffered her career-ending injury, calling it the scariest moment of her life. She began her career as a teenager wrestling with her family in England and she said she now realizes that her body can no longer handle the grueling nature of in-ring performing.

“I felt it in a single’s match where I realized that something didn’t feel too good, but I thought that it was fine, I’m just rusty. I’m doing a 25 minute match, and I thought, ‘Okay, this is going to be fine,’ but then when the accident happened and I lost all feeling in my legs and arms, it was the most terrifying experience in my life, and I never wish that upon anyone. It was so scary,” Paige said. “I literally was done, and I thought I was going to be in a wheelchair. I had pushed myself too much. I really did. Every time I was in a match I was like, okay, I will take the bumps, I pushed myself too hard where my body was literally done. I have been doing this since I was 17, it’s like, I need to let my body grow a little bit.”

Paige was a two-time Divas Champion and also was the inaugural NXT Women’s Champion. As one of the most skilled in-ring performers of her generation, she is considered a pioneer of the Women’s Revolution as she helped show the world that female wrestlers are capable of putting on great matches. Paige said she is satisfied with her career and how much she was able to accomplish in her short time with the WWE.

“I am really, really proud. I definitely filled in a lot of stuff after my small career in WWE. I have been with WWE for over 6 years now, and I had that year and a half out which wasn’t the best year of my life, but missions were accomplished after I came back,” she said. “I even had a couple months to accomplish a little bit more, and getting to commentate the all-female Royal Rumble, it was great. It’s not ending like I haven’t done anything with my career. I actually have a couple of trophies that I have to display under my belt as well.”

Well, it didn’t take Paige long to find work, as just a day after making the emotional announcement on Raw that injuries had forced her to pack her job in, she has been named as the new SmackDown General Manager.

The Anti-Diva was revealed by blue brand honcho Shane McMahon as Daniel Bryan’s successor on the post-WrestleMania edition of the show, as the latter heads in the opposite direction back into the ring.

It had been reported by various outlets that Paige’s retirement on last night’s programme heralded the end of her tenture within WWE. Given the company are heavily endorsing a movie partially produced by their own studio about the Brit and her family, perhaps it was a little naive to expect she wouldn’t stick around at least until the premiere in September.

Paige’s first act in her new role was to get the crowd well and truly on her side, match-making the departing GM opposite AJ Styles as the show’s spectacular main event.

Despite the fact that it now appears the two-time Divas champ is to remain on the company’s TV, there is no change in her inactive status. Though her WWE ‘retirement’ was perhaps a bit overblown, her injuries are legitimate, and she is not currently cleared to compete by the promotion.

Really, you have to feel sorry for Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose amidst all this, who’ve been rather callously abandoned by their leader. Sure they’ll manage, though.

Four years after claiming her first WWE Divas title in the very same building, Paige was in the Smoothie King Center on the post-WrestleMania Monday Night Raw to announce her retirement from wrestling.

After a throwaway victory for stable-mate Mandy Rose, the Anti-Diva took centre stage to make her valediction. Visibly emotional, Paige admitted that the rumours are true, and that her recurring neck injuries have effectively ended her in-ring career.

The tearful Brit thanked every member of WWE’s women’s division, as well as Daniel Bryan and Edge for offering inspiration and support during her current troubles. After mentioning that the latter demonstrated that there’s life beyond wrestling, Paige mused that she too will have to find “something else” now her in-ring career is over.

Paige made her main-roster debut the night after WrestleMania XXX, claiming AJ Lee’s Divas title to go along with her NXT strap. She went on to hold the butterfly belt on two occasions, but injuries forced her to look on from the sidelines as the company spearheaded their ‘Women’s Revolution’.

WWE have been heavily promoting a Stephen Merchant flick based on Paige’s kin over WrestleMania weekend. ‘Fighting with my Family’, which stars The Rock, Lena Headey, and Nick Frost, is due for release on 14 September. It’d be cynical to suggest Paige might make a miraculous comeback just in time for the premiere, but you never know with wrestling.

WWE superstar and Tough Enough alum Many Rose was recently a guest on Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia. During the interview, Rose discussed her contentious relationship with Tough Enough winner Sara Lee.

Rose finished as runner-up to Lee based on fan voting, but eventually she was given a developmental deal by WWE. During their season, Rose constantly belittled Lee for her lack of passion for wrestling. Rose said she knows she came off as a mean-spirited person, which she is not. She said she was playing up her role as “mean girl” for the sake of the cameras.

“It was rough because honestly, I remember, it’s one thing when you are living together, but I felt really bad that I even said some of the stuff I did on national television, but she is a really sweet person, and I got along with her fine when the cameras were off, but that fakeness, because it’s like, I can be so mean to you on camera, but she never said anything to me or addressed the issue,” Rose said. “She is very quiet, she didn’t want any of that, but inside it just didn’t feel right. I thought that I wasn’t this type of person, but I was so wrapped up in it and thought that it is what it is. I went with it, but I felt really bad, even towards the end of the show. I don’t see her as much, but we talk here and there, but she never confronted me about it, which I was surprised, because if I was her, behind those cameras I would have.”

In addition to her developmental deal, Rose was placed on Total Divas. She said that is part of the reason why she doesn’t regret how she was portrayed on Tough Enough. More importantly, she said she learned from her experience and it allowed her to be more of herself.

“She ended up winning and I ended up in second place. I still ended up getting a contract, and was put on Total Divas,” Rose said. “In my head I was like, oh, I must have done something right because they see something and see a reality star, so I thought I did something right, that is why I say that I don’t regret anything, and I learned for sure, but I didn’t have to be influenced by people to show who I am, but I also thought, well, I did get signed any way and got this great opportunity to be on Total Divas, and got this great exposure.”

Rose did have to endure some backlash for her casting on Total Divas. As an inexperienced wrestler, many believed she was placed on the reality show based on her good looks. Rose said she worked hard to look the way she does and she wants people to know nothing was ever handed to her.

“It’s almost like, I don’t like to do things for that reason, because I was told that a lot of girls aren’t going to like me, and I was like, well, that’s great. It’s one thing where you have to do you, and it’s the kind of business we are in unfortunately,” she said. “But it’s also like, no, I want people to like me and I want a long career in this business, and I want to have a name that people can respect because I know respect is huge here, and I felt like I was looked at like I’m just here because I’m hot, and I get that all the time, and I have to constantly look at it like, no, I am not just a Barbie doll looking girl, I have worked hard, and the struggles that I went through when I was younger, I didn’t always look like this. I trained my butt off and competed and got to where I wanted to be from rigorous training and dieting. I didn’t just wake up like this.”

WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus was recently a guest on Lilian Garcia’s Chasing Glory podcast. During their conversation, both of them commented on former Divas Champion Paige having to retire from in-ring competition due to a neck injury suffered at a live event in December.

During a tag team match at a live event, Paige fell to the ground after being struck in the back via a double front kick by Sasha Banks. The referee threw the “X” sign, and Paige was unable to finish the match. It was later determined that the injury will force her to stop competing, ending her in-ring career at just 25 years old. Stratus said as unfortunate as it is, it’s just part of the wrestling business.

“It’s a shame, but it goes with the territory, right? It is something that we go in and there is a risk that we take, and you put your body on the line every night. That is why it is so amazing to me,” Stratus said. “Only a handful of people do what we do and only a handful of people can do what we do because you think of these people out there, we go out there willing to risk injury to entertain you guys, it’s pretty crazy. When it happens it happens. It is unfortunate, but it goes with the territory though. You have to be aware of that as a superstar going in.”

Since suffering the injury, Paige has not done anything physical on RAW and she has instead played a managerial role for Absolution. It’s believed that WWE will keep Paige employed in a non-physical role on TV, and perhaps at the WWE Performance Center. Stratus said she is hopeful she will remain involved with the WWE because she has a true love for pro-wrestling.

“Hopefully WWE will utilize Paige in other ways now,” she said. “It’s just, to have someone so passionate about the business and so in love with the business, I don’t know what to say, I kind of want to hug her now.”

Garcia echoed Stratus’ sentiments. She said Paige has took the injury in stride and has shown a positive outlook, and Garcia admires her for that.

“Her attitude is so great. She’s just been like, ‘You know what? They are still going to use me. I am still going to do other things.’ I love that,” Garcia said. “I told her that through a text that I am not going to say I am sorry because I have learned that these things sometime end up showing up their real colors later as blessings. I just hope you can find your blessing in this.”