In December 2017, WWE Superstar Paige suffered an injury at a Live House Show event during a six-woman contest in which Paige, Mandy Rose, and Sonya Deville took on on Mickie James, Bayley and Sasha Banks. A month later, rumors began to surface that the injury would force the two-time Divas Champion to retire from in-ring competition which Paige confirmed in April. Since then, Paige has taken on the role of General Manager of SmackDown.
During an interview on Edge & Christian’s E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness, Paige discussed her injury, recalling how she felt when it happened:
“When it actually happened and the accident happened in the ring, I lost all feeling in my legs and my arms. It was literally the most terrifying experience in my life and I would never wish that upon anyone. It was so scary. I literally was like ‘Oh my gosh, I’m done, I’m going to be in a wheelchair now, this is it, I’ve pushed myself too much.’ Because I really did, because every time I was in the match I was like ‘its okay, I’ll do the comeback, I’ll take the bump, I’ll do this, I’ll do that’ because I was just so eager to get back in the ring you know. I feel like I pushed myself too hard to the point of where my body was like ‘Stop.’ You know I’ve been doing this since I was thirteen as well and my body was like ‘You need time to grow woman.’
I refused to believe I was hurt, I remember doing this. Coming back to Orlando to go get my MRIs and stuff and I felt good, I could get back in the ring again even though I just experienced temporary paralysis. I was like ‘No I’m good, I can do this, please don’t make me be out.’ And I was like begging them, ‘Please I don’t want to be out anymore, please don’t let me be out.’ I was just crying to the doctors and stuff. So then Dr. Maroon was like ‘I’m sorry you cannot get back in the ring again.’ It was horrible, it really breaks your heart….it really does.”
Paige also recalled seeing the reaction of her fellow Superstars during that moment:
“I remember being in the match too and experiencing that and like ‘maybe it’s just my arms right?’ So I’m like ‘no I’m going to keep going.’ And I remember trying to grab Sasha’s legs and my arms felt like there was just no bones in them you know. So I’m trying to grab her legs and then like ‘wait let me try to stand up and then I’ll be good to do the comeback’ and Sasha is like ‘noooo, absolutely not.’ Then I tried to stand up and I just look drunk. Like I just start stumbling and falling back. But actually I feel like the girls were more terrified than what I was at the time. Like I was petrified, but the girls were crying at ringside and stuff and then they see the stretcher coming out and I was like ‘please, please,’ and it’s just like horrible. I don’t know how you did it for so many years beforehand because it’s terrifying.”
When Christian suggested Paige prepare herself for fans that will ask if she has one more match in her, Paige had this to say:
“No guys. My doctor said maybe in 15-20 years time; but, I don’t think I want to wrestle in 15-20 years time.”
You can listen to the full interview below:
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