The British WWE star Paige will reportedly never wrestle again following a terrible neck injury.
The 25-year-old suffered her horrific injury during a six-woman tag team match in Long Island where she collapsed after being kicked in the back by Sasha Banks.
It was initially believed that she’d suffered an impact injury known as a ‘stinger’ which is a blow to the head or neck which causes a stinging or burning sensation.
Paige hoped she’d recover from injury and return for the first women’s Royal Rumble match on January 28 but the extent of her injury is so bad she’s been forced to retire.
Paige, real name Saraya-Jade Bevis, was informed she won’t be cleared to return earlier this week and leaves her faction Absolution leaderless.
It’s been a difficult year for the young wrestler, who’s struggled with anorexia and suicidal feelings ever since explicit images of her leaked online.
She’s also received two Wellness Policy suspensions one of which she admitted was for drugs and underwent neck surgery.
Paige claimed that her suspension was due to prescription drugs she was given to cope with the pain in her neck but the WWE issued a statement, saying she had ‘tested positive for an illegal substance, not a prescription drug’.
There were also allegations of domestic violence with her former fiance Alberto Del Rio, aka Alberto el Patron, at a Florida airport in June.
It’s being reported that Paige will likely remain a key figure in WWE’s ‘women’s evolution’ and will retain a non-active role with the company.
This will most likely involve her being used to promote WWE Studios’ forthcoming film Fighting With My Family, which centres on her family who are all wrestlers.
Directed by Stephen Merchant and produced by none other than Dwayne The Rock Johnson, the film will tell a fictionalised version of her life focusing on the early days of her career to her Raw debut.
Fighting With My Family will be released in cinemas on September 14 this year.
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