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Paige will return to WWE programming on next week’s Raw, according to PWInsider‘s Mike Johnson.

The former Divas Champion was cleared to return to action in September after a lengthy injury lay-off which dates back to the summer of last year.

It was originally reported that the 25-year-old would be assigned to SmackDown, but PWInsider now believes she will end up on Raw, where could be set for a starring role straight away.

Johnson says his WWE sources have indicated that she has been penciled in for a slot on the Raw Survivor Series team, who will meet the female cast of SmackDown on November 19.

It is reported that Paige could be a last-minute addition to the already-advertised Triple Threat qualifying bout between Mickie James, Bayley and Dana Brooke on Monday.

Whatever the case, fans of the British star will be relieved that she remains in her employer’s plans after a controversy-laden 12 months which appeared to put her future in doubt.

It has also been suggested this weekend that Paige has split from fiancé Alberto Del Rio after posting a Snapchat video in which she indicated she is now single.

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Source: Planeta Wrestling

Natalya has been a staple of the WWE’s women’s division since 2007, and she finally had her perseverance rewarded this summer when she won the SmackDown Women’s Championship. She spoke to Planeta Wrestling prior to Hell In A Cell to discuss her career and more.

Natalya is one of the longest-tenured female wrestlers on the WWE roster. She only had one other title reign as Divas Champion in 2010. With the “Women’s Revolution” leading to an influx of female talent in recent years, it would have been easy for Natalya to get lost in the shuffle. Instead, she stayed the course and continued believing she’d one day be champion again.

“When we got the [new] women’s championships, I felt like this is part of my destiny,” she said. “I grew up in this huge, incredible wrestling family, but I’ve never ridden on my family’s coattails. I’ve always fought very hard to have everything that I have on my own, and I’d feel like it would be a huge injustice to myself, to Nattie, to not say that I was once a Women’s Champion. So for me to be Women’s Champion now, it just feels like it’s destiny, and that it was meant to be and it was part of my wrestling journey. I really feel like it’s been one of those important things that was a life lesson to me about not giving up and persevering.”

In her match against Charlotte at Hell In A Cell, Natalya retained her title via disqualification and seems to be in for a lengthy rivalry with The Queen. But that hasn’t stopped her from looking ahead to future rivalries, namely with Paige, who is rumored to be placed on the SmackDown brand upon her return.

“I can’t wait for Paige to come back,” Natalya said. “I love wrestling Paige, she’s one of my favorite opponents. But if she thinks that she’s gonna take my SmackDown Women’s Championship, she’s got another thing coming. I’m gonna be the SmackDown Women’s Champion forever. I would love to dance again with Paige in the ring, but she’s definitely not taking my championship.”

Paige hasn’t wrestled in over a year due to multiple injuries, multiple suspensions due to violations of the WWE’s wellness policy, and well-documented personal issues that included explicit photos and videos of her being leaked in addition to a domestic violence incident with her fiance Alberto Del Rio. She started training for her return at the WWE Performance Center last month.

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Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

As noted, Paige started training at the WWE Performance Center on Monday as she looks forward to her return to the ring for WWE.

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter notes that Paige has already received full clearance to return, she’s just getting back into ring shape now. The former Women’s Champion has been out of the ring for more than 1 year after having neck surgery.

Word is that WWE officials already have a storyline for Paige’s return and that it will be for the SmackDown brand.

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WWE superstar Paige, who hasn’t been seen in the ring since June 2016, has claimed in a new interview that she will be returning to WWE ‘soon’.

Although the former Divas Champion didn’t specify a timeframe, she noted on Sirius XM’s ‘Busted Open’ show (hosted by Bully Ray) that she had an encouraging CT scan earlier that day.

Paige also mentioned that she had surgery last October, and can’t wait to get back to work – specifically with the newer main roster talents that have thrived in her absence, such as Bayley and Alexa Bliss.

The interview was primarily held to address reports of serious domestic issues between Paige and Alberto El Patron. Both claimed that they argue like a normal couple, but things become magnified by the media spotlight. Paige did apologise to younger fans for her behaviour in public – a reference to the recent incident at Orlando airport.

Paige’s last match was on an edition of Monday Night Raw from Tampa, Florida on June 26, 2016. She teamed with Sasha Banks to defeat Charlotte and Dana Brooke.

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Controversial wrestling couple Paige and Alberto El Patron made headlines for an alleged confrontation at Orlando International Airport last week. The duo reportedly engaged in a public altercation involving a third party, with police stating that El Patron was being investigated on battery charges.

According to a new report from Pro Wrestling Sheet, Orlando PD have now confirmed that detectives have determined that Paige should also be charged with battery, but the State Attorney’s office will make the final decision.

Paige initially claimed that she, not Alberto, was the one held on potential charges, but police later noted that El Patron was the only suspect at the time. The investigation into the current GFW Champion is still ongoing.

According to WWE’s domestic violence policy, Paige will be suspended if an arrest is made. A conviction would result in her contract being immediately, with WWE reserving their right to suspend, fine, or fire a wrestler if presented with “incontrovertible evidence of such illegal misconduct.”

The former WWE Divas Champion has been absent from television since June 2016, following a string of injuries, suspensions, and other controversies. El Patron, meanwhile, was recently suspended by GFW pending the investigation’s outcome.

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Zak Bevis, the real-life brother of WWE superstar Paige, noted on his Facebook page on Tuesday morning that he’s “very worried” about his sister.

“I’ve got too say I’m very worried about my sister,” Bevis wrote (sic). “Please keep a eye on her, she had one Prick Known as brad Maddox who took advantage of an 18 year old girl. Physically and mentally abused her. And now she’s with a control freak who think he’s a tough guy cause he’s beats my sister and has money too cover his tracks..”

News broke on Monday that Alberto El Patron was detained by police at the Orlando International Airport on Sunday following a domestic incident. Paige claimed the incident was not between herself and Alberto but rather with an angry fan that allegedly threw a drink on the GFW Impact World Heavyweight Champion. Audio of the incident revealed Alberto telling someone to “call the cops” and Paige crying. A witness claimed the wrestling couple were arguing at a restaurant in the airport.

“I love my sister she will end up like Whitney Houston or Amy Winehouse,” Zak wrote on Facebook. “….please share this,,I want the world to know that i care about my lil sister…..everyone keep an eye on her …you’ll be argry at me but I love you, I’m writing this on behalf of all the Knights.”

Zak also noted that their father, Ricky Knight, will weigh in later, noting, “Thanks for all the messages. Yes this is very hard to do. Ricky Knight is the head of this family and will have his say later.”

Knight has been an outspoken critic of Paige’s relationship with El Patron, something that has even boiled over into a wrestling match between them.

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Although it’s been almost a year since she’s performed inside a wrestling ring, Paige has managed to remain one of the most talked about performers in the entire industry, mostly for reasons potentially damaging to her career.

During her hiatus she was hit with two Wellness Policy violations shortly before undergoing and rehabbing from a neck surgery that WWE was allegedly not in favor of.

The former NXT and WWE champion also began a highly-scrutinized relationship with Alberto El Patron, who frequently hurls public insults at her present and his former employer, which can’t sit well with the brass at WWE. And to top all that off, during filming of the Dwayne Johnson-produced biopic on her family’s adventures in pro wrestling, she was victimized by a leak of private photos and videos to the internet.

With all the controversy surrounding ‘The Anti-Diva’, it began to feel as if we’d seen the last of Paige on Vince McMahon’s programming. Not so, according to the English superstar, as she recently updated her social media with messages that indicate her return is on the horizon.

Paige tweeted that she was undergoing her final x-rays along with the word “comeback”, and PWInsider claims to have spoken with company sources that confirmed she will return to action if medically cleared by the results. Photos posted to her Instagram account reveal she appears to be in great shape physically.

It seems there’s no bridge burned between WWE and talent that’s incapable of being rebuilt, so perhaps all is well between the two parties and we’ll see Paige back in action sooner than expected. Surely ‘The Rock’ and everyone involved in the production of Fighting With My Family would prefer her to help with the film’s promotion, and it’s well known if there’s money to be made with someone Vince is willing to overlook any bad blood that might exist.

In regards to the WWE product, the brand split has weakened the women’s division, highlighting a top heavy lack of depth on both Raw and SmackDown. Paige’s ability and star power would go a long way in strengthening whichever show she ends up on.