It seemed inevitable once the rumours started to circulate and on the RAW after WrestleMania 34, Paige made her retirement official in what was another emotional moment.
Ric Flair and Edge both know what that feeling is like. What made Paige’s retirement so emotional, though, was that one career-ending injury back in January resulted in her having to call it a day at only 25-years-old.
For someone who has grown up around the business, knowing it’s an end so early probably isn’t easy.
WWE did decide to keep her on television, though, as the following night on SmackDown LIVE, commissioner Shane McMahon announced her as the new general manager, replacing Daniel Bryan.
After that spot with Sasha Banks at a live event, it took her four months to announce that retirement decision officially. Until then, there was slight hope that she could make a return, especially as she stood side by side with Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville of Absolution.
However, when she got hold of the microphone, it was clear what was going to happen. Now, Paige has opened up to Edge and Christian on E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness where she has revealed exactly what happened when she walked back through the curtains after announcing the upsetting news.
She revealed that, initially, she didn’t tell many people she was going to retire but the reactions from her peers backstage caused her to cry even more, before Triple H, Vince and Stephanie McMahon hugged her.
According to Wrestling Inc, she said: “I didn’t tell many people that I was going to retire. But when I saw you [Edge], I had to do the speech so it was perfect and asked if I could speak with you whenever you had a moment before I had to go out there.
“When people saw me afterwards - it was really hard afterwards because I was on the stage and I was thinking, ‘Oh my god. This is it. Closure.' Then I came back into the curtain and people were crying and I was like, you guys are making this so much worse.
"I said to myself that I got this, and that I am good, but then I went to the back and Stephanie [McMahon] grabbed me and hugged me for the longest time, which was lovely. And then Vince [McMahon] and Hunter [Triple H].
“I felt like I died or something, like, ‘Oh, she was such a good person.’ I was like, ‘Guys, I didn’t die! I’m still here!”
To some backstage at that moment, it probably did feel like that was the last they would see of Paige in WWE. This is because Paige revealed in the same interview that she was told that she’d be the general manager of SmackDown before there was even a script, as it was a secret from so many people.
While fans are still upset that we don’t get to see her talents in the ring, it’s great that we still have her on television in some form.
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