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Former WWE world champion forced to retire because of live event injury

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While some wrestlers seem to last forever (ahem, Ric Flair) others are taken from the business far too soon.

Stone Cold Steve Austin was forced to retire in 2003 after his bout with The Rock at WrestleMania 19 because of a long-running neck problem that mostly stemmed from a botched Owen Hart piledriver.

Daniel Bryan, at the height of his fame in the industry and arguably the most popular superstar in a decade, was also forced to call it quits in 2016 because of repeat concussions that had resulted in seizures for the former world champion.

Edge also called it a day back in 2011 because of long-running neck issues and his Hall of Fame career ended before many fans were ready to say goodbye.

It seems that neck issues is a common trend amongst wrestlers, and the injury has stolen the career of another top star.

Two-time WWE divas champion - now the women's title - Paige has been informed that the WWE will not clear her to wrestle ever again.

The British star, only 25, has been out of action since sustaining an injury at a RAW live event at the Nassau Coliseum in late December. Paige was teaming with Absolution members Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville against Sasha Banks, Bayley & Mickie James.

Paige took a kick to the back from Banks and dropped to the canvas, but she struggled to get to her feet before falling to the mat, causing the referee to throw up the "X" injury signal and stop the match.

A stretcher was brought out, however she was able to walk to the back with the help of the doctors.

Although her participation in the first-ever women's Royal Rumble was in doubt, it has now been reported from multiple outlets that WWE brass informed her on Monday that she is "done" wrestling.

Whether she continues with the company in a managerial capacity to Deville and Rose or not remains to be seen, but she is only on a one-year rolling contract, so she could ostensibly walk away whenever she feels like it.

At 25-years-old, the Anti-Diva still has plenty she can offer the industry and let's hope she does.

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