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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.

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Paige and Summer Rae haven’t been seen on WWE television since mid-2016. The former has been on hiatus through a myriad of injuries, suspensions, and personal problems, while the latter last appeared in July, and has been taking time-off to recover from a number of unspecified neck and back-related problems.

Both were drafted to Raw as part of the brand split, but neither has featured since the draft. Dave Meltzer provided an update on Paige and Summer during the latest episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, however, stating that neither women has a concrete return date at the moment.

Summer has reportedly been cleared to return for several months. She was backstage at WrestleMania 33, and again at last week’s Raw, but the creative team don’t have a role for her at the moment. The company are still figuring out which brand to put her on, though she’s still listed as a Raw Superstar on WWE.com.

Paige, meanwhile, is still under contract and recovering from neck surgery in October, but “probably wouldn’t be used again” if it weren’t for the upcoming Fighting With My Family film. WWE could still bring her back to television, but her future remains unclear.

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IGN has a new interview with April Mendez Brooks, f.k.a. AJ Lee, who was promoting her new book, Crazy is My Superpower. Below are a few highlights:

You were coming into WWE in that post-Attitude, model-esque era and obviously not every woman fell under that description, but it felt like there was an overall type they were going for. Your success showed how popular someone could be that was outside that mold. For you now, outside the industry, is it gratifying to see how things have gone? You made a speech at your final Slammys where you name-dropped Bayley, Charlotte, Sasha – women who have since all risen up, as they transitioned out of the “Divas” era.

“Oh yeah. All you could ever want is to leave a place better than when you found it and to know that there’s good people that have this industry in their heart and that they’re succeeding in it and that they’re happy is all you could ever after. I do love Bayley and have such a special place in my heart for her and Paige. I hope that they’re happy and killing it. It makes you feel like “mission complete,” you know?”

You got to do a lot and show many iterations of what AJ Lee was up to, from being the Divas champ to the Daniel Bryan wedding that wasn’t. Was there a favorite time for you on the storyline level that was super fun or connected with the fans in a particularly strong way?

“I’d probably say when me and Kaitlyn got to have our run together. The decision-makers weren’t really paying attention so we were getting away with so much stuff and our writers were just letting us have free reign and it all got positive reaction and ratings with the fans. And then our superiors took notice and it felt very much like creating your own destiny and working with your best friend in the process. It’s so much fun to be the bad guy. So that feels like the pinnacle of my bad guy reign. I enjoyed being the jerk.”

I think I’ve told you before but I had a big affinity for you, Dolph and Big E’s time together. I feel like that’s an underrated trio. They’d given you a couple different failed romance storylines, but here, you didn’t have to play the love struck or vengeful thing, just be a happy, evil couple with Dolph, and the three of you had a cool chemistry. Was it a funny thing when the three of you were put together, trying to figure out how to make it work?

“Definitely. There were so many iterations that were planned and it ended up being something of our own creation. I always refer to Big E as my child. I don’t know how that started, but I think it started with me saying I brought him into the wrestling world and I could take him out. I think it went into me saying I had birthed him. To this day he calls me mama. That was fun. I think it was supposed to be a Mickey and Mallory thing [with Dolph] and it turned into this ridiculous family. It was fun to not be the little kid with the unrequited love. Like how much of a loser do I have to be all the time? It was fun to be the bad guy for the first time and really embrace that. I never thought that was something I’d be able to pull off legitimately.”

Brooks also discussed her WWE run and if she feels fulfilled by it, writing the book without a ghostwriter, her struggles with being bipolar and more. You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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WWE star Paige has become the latest victim of hackers invading her privacy when explicit content of her, including multiple pictures and videos, was posted to the internet without her consent. The material began to leak Friday and was passed around various forums, where thankfully most site moderators acted quickly to remove them as soon they were posted.

It’s important to note that Paige, along with former WWE talent Brad Maddox and another man that is speculated to be Xavier Woods are victims here who should be treated with respect while dealing with this unfortunate situation.

The former WWE women’s champion tweeted the following statement addressing the incident:

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The past eight months have been challenging for the popular young star – absent from WWE television since late July of 2016 when she was hit with consecutive wellness policy violations shortly before undergoing successful neck surgery. The injury has kept her on the shelf and there’s been no word on when she would be returning to active duty.

As of now, WWE has yet to address the matter but we will keep you updated if any news breaks on that front.