Paige: Footage of brutal 2017 kick that forced ex-WWE star to retire at 25

Paige has now joined AEW as Saraya

Former WWE Superstar Paige, now going by Saraya, debuted for AEW this week during the special Grand Slam episode of Dynamite.

This came just hours after it was reported by Fightful Select that WWE’s new management team had interest in bringing back the former Divas Champion.

Saraya’s shock debut even portrayed her as a wrestler, something that she hasn’t been able to do since 2017.

Paige’s 2018 retirement

The night after WrestleMania 34 in 2018, Paige announced that she had to retire due to a series of bad head and neck injuries, immediately becoming SmackDown General Manager afterwards.

What makes this story even more heartbreaking is that Paige had only returned to the ring in December 2017, just four months before her retirement, after over 18 months out of the ring with another injury.

The nail in the coffin for the former WWE Superstar came just three weeks after her return to the ring, where Paige suffered a kick to the back of the head from Sasha Banks during their match.

As you can see from the footage below, Paige immediately fell to the floor and was unable to use her legs to get up, with the referee also immediately calling off the match.

Video: Clip of Sasha Banks’ kick that ended Paige’s career in 2017

As you can see from the harrowing footage above, after taking the kick to the back of the head from Banks, it was clear that something was wrong.

As a result of the impact injury that she suffered, Paige was immediately put on the no-contact list, with various medical tests from experts over the next few months ruling the Englishwoman out of competing ever again.

Interestingly enough, reports from the Wrestling Observer state that Saraya hasn’t even been cleared to wrestle yet, despite desperately wanting to, so an in-ring return isn’t confirmed as of right now.

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Paige left WWE earlier on this year after her contract with the wrestling juggernaut expired, with the 30-year-old revealing that she surprisingly wasn’t offered a new deal by management.

However, that was under Vince McMahon’s leadership, and it was believed that Triple H wanted to bring her back as part of his new-look WWE which has seen several released stars return already.

The wrestling world is hoping that Saraya, in whatever she does next with AEW, remains both happy and healthy after having to overcome a great deal of hardship already during her wrestling career, both inside and outside of the ring.

Stay tuned to GiveMeSport for all the latest news surrounding Saraya’s (Paige) debut for AEW and the interest that WWE reportedly held in her beforehand.

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