On Monday Night Raw this week, WWE provided their fans an update about Paige amidst the retirement news that has been reported over the past week, and it doesn't look good for the women's division superstar.
Paige hasn't wrestled for the WWE since she injured her neck during a six-woman tag team match of Absolution members of herself, Mandy Rose, and Sonya Deville vs Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Mickie James at a WWE live event at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island last month.
It was widely regarded that The Leader of Absolution would just be missing a couple of weeks and would be cleared in time to compete in the first-ever Women's Royal Rumble match on January 28 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. However, reports last week stated her neck injury is so bad, WWE won't ever clear her to compete again, bringing an end to her in-ring career.
Paige had only recently returned to the WWE last November after missing most of 2017 after having neck surgery in October 2016. Her return as The Leader of Absolution was going well until she reinjured her neck again at the live event, so this is a huge blow for her.
Neither WWE or Paige had commented on the neck injury or the retirement reports last week, but they did clear the air just a little bit on last night's Raw in San Antonio, Texas.
First, WWE quietly pulled Paige from the Women's Royal Rumble match graphic, before Corey Graves mentioned during commentary on Raw during Sasha Banks vs Sonya Deville that The Raven-Haired Renegade had been pulled from the Rumble match "due to a neck injury." WWE later posted an article on their website confirming this fact.
The commentary did not dive deeper into the severity of the injury, but later during an interview backstage, Paige herself opened up more about her injury and Royal Rumble status. She said: “Unfortunately, as much as it pains me to say this, I do unfortunately have to sit out for this Royal Rumble, per the doctor’s orders.
"I really, really, really, really wish I could partake in this history-making match with all these ladies but, however, I will be there to support my Absolution team, which is Sonya Deville and obviously Mandy Rose here. Because guess what, ladies? Absolution is still going to make the Royal Rumble match their house.”
Although WWE didn't directly mention, there is a high chance that Paige will not be cleared to perform as a wrestler going forward in the company, meaning the reports last week are true. Unless a miracle happens, she will likely never have another WWE match.
As to why WWE hasn't directly said Paige is retired, the reason they haven't done this yet is likely because they're still trying to figure out what they want to do with her. Until they do, they probably won't mention anything about her retiring from the ring.