Paige No Longer Able to Perform in the Ring (Updated with Video)

Sadly, Paige‘s in-ring career has come to an end.  You may remember that she had neck surgery back in 2016.  Sadly, that injury has come back to haunt her.  During an event in Long Island in December, Paige was unprepared for a kick to the back from Sasha Banks.  She went down and lost feeling in her extremities.  She managed to get back up and grab Sasha but she went right back down again and couldn’t get back up.  It turns out that she suffered a “stinger” and the match was stopped.  Have a look:

She underwent further testing and it was determined that she will no longer be able to compete in the ring for WWE.  This is an injury similar to what Edge experienced that also led to his premature retirement.  She was informed of WWE’s decision at this week’s “Raw” broadcast.  She will be relegated to a non-wrestling role and will, of course, be replaced in the Women’s Royal Rumble match.

Botch Take:  What a shame, but, honestly, not unexpected.  While she’s only 25 years-old, she’s been competing in the ring since she was just 13 years-old.  She has a permanent curvature of the spine as a result of all the bumps she’s taken.  Whatever comes of all of this, we all wish her nothing but the best going forward.

To a much lesser degree, I do wonder what will become of Absolution.  Will they get a fourth member and allow her remain its mouthpiece?  Will she be replaced altogether?  We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

  • LDB-Never Finished

    Sad for Paige. She was able to overcome so much socially. So back up with a great program in Absolution and now this. Couldnt they keep her as a manager she can still have an impact during this great run in womens wrestling.

  • S.A.M. Tranquilo

    This really is sad. But hopefully she can become a manager or something and have a second career to keep going. I think she could become a great manager as she has always been able to handle the mic or maybe she could replace Booker on announce for Raw

    • I’d be happy with the custodian replacing Booker at this point but I’d rather have Paige as a manager. I think she’d be more fun that way. She’s a tremendous talent that isn’t all ring work. She has other abilities and hopefully, she’ll be able to stretch out in them now that her in-ring career is over (I still can’t believe I’m typing that phrase).

  • kingdook24

    Damn. So unfortunate. Really hope Sasha doesn’t get any backlash from this. But seeing how they’ve handled her title reigns… who knows anymore.

    • I hope not either. This is NOT her fault. As I said above, the kick wasn’t stiff at all. Paige’s body just couldn’t handle it.

  • Asukalanchian

    Sucks it has to end like this. She is very talented in the ring but hopefully she can still play a role in some manner. This just further reinforces why WWE doesn’t want to allow Daniel Bryan to wrestle again

    • I kind of understand why it’s a bad idea. Wrestling is NOT life; it’s a job – a passionate one but a job nonetheless. They deserve to live full lives when that job cycle inevitably ends at some point. We need look no further than Droz to know that horrible things can happen in there that can affect one’s life PERMANENTLY. While he’s regained use of his arms and upper body for the most part, he’ll never walk again. Thankfully, Paige will be okay and her life will go on largely unhindered. This could have been MUCH worse. If she were allowed to come back, one bad bump and her life could forever change. The same is true for Daniel. I know he wants to come back and I understand as best as a non-wrestler can. Still, he has a wife and family. They deserve ALL of him, not the compromised version he might end up giving them if something awful happened were he to return to action.