Paige, or Saraya-Jade Bevis, announced her exit from World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in a Twitter post. She said “July 7th will be the last day with WWE. I’m so thankful and I appreciate the opportunities that the company has given me.”
The 29-year-old continued, “I think the toughest part weirdly enough is having to let the Paige name go”, adding, “But Saraya is helluva name. Kudos to my mum for that one”. She concluded that this wasn’t a permanent goodbye from wrestling and she’d be back in the ring at some point.
Paige thanked WWE for taking her on when she was an 18-year-old. The former wrestler noted she was a “British pale emo girl that didn’t look like your average diva”. However, WWE made her a superstar and gave her an opportunity of a lifetime, she noted.
When Paige came in, she became the youngest female wrestler to win the WWE Divas Champion. Apart from clinching two championship titles, Paige also went on to win the inaugural NXT Women’s Champion. She has the record for being the only female star yet to hold the Divas and NXT titles simultaneously.
However, she suffered a neck injury in 2017, during the six-man tag team match, where Sasha Banks kicked her. In 2018, Paige announced her retirement from WWE but continued as an ambassador. Shane McMahon introduced her as the SmackDown general manager, a day after she announced her retirement. While being out of action, Paige was also the manager of the Kabuki Warriors, which comprised the duo Asuka and Kairi Sane. However, the two eventually turned their backs on Paige.
Paige’s life became the subject of the 2012 Channel 4 documentary, titled, ‘The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family’. This in turn inspired the 2019 feature ‘Fighting with My Family’.
Apart from her time as a wrestler, Paige was also a Twitch streamer of some repute, but the platform banned her in May 2011 for the watch along of the ‘Dumb and Dumber’ movie.