WWE Superstar Paige has experienced a rollercoaster of emotions over the last few months, but this week has had much better news for the two-time Divas Champion.
According to Cageside Seats, on October 17, Paige proposed to her boyfriend, Alberto Rodriguez (i.e. former WWE Champion, Alberto del Rio) at a WWC show in Puerto Rico. Paige also underwent much needed neck surgery on October 20, explaining on Twitter that she required three screws in her neck to straighten it.
While she and WWE are in a tense situation, there is rumour that WWE will not release her from her contract due to her neck injury. Ringside News suggests that it would “look very bad from a public relations standpoint if [WWE] fired a talent that was dealing with an injury”.
Paige’s second suspension
WWE reported on October 10 that two-time Divas Champion Paige had been suspended for 60 days, following her second violation of the company’s Wellness Policy.
Paige claimed via Twitter that the violation came about from prescription medication, and has expressed her displeasure about the company’s enforcement of the policy. This comes after her first suspension after no-showing a wellness test in August, as well as being sidelined with a neck injury earlier that month.
Her father, former British wrestler Ricky Legend, has also supported her claim, stating via Facebook that her injuries have not been appropriately dealt with, and had been prescribed with painkillers.
However, WWE implies that Paige and her family have lied about the conditions of her second suspension. In a statement to the New York Post, WWE insisted that Paige had “tested positive for an illegal substance, not a prescription drug”.
For now, it is unclear when Paige will return to in-ring action; in a TMZ interview, she estimated it would take six or seven months to recover. However, a third violation of the Wellness Policy would terminate her WWE contract.
Fans have poured out support to Paige following her second suspension in two months. Current RAW General Manager Mick Foley tweeted “Thinking of you @RealPaigeWWE and a song I’ve loved since I was 7 – “Tomorrow’s Gonna Be a Brighter Day””.
Most significantly, though, was Hall of Famer Scott Hall, who tweeted to her, “Keep your chin up kid”.
Hall has had well-documented issues with drug abuse in the past, and has worked hard to be rehabilitated in the last few years. With help from fellow wrestler Diamond Dallas Page, his rehabilitation paid off when he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014.
Paige later responded to Hall’s tweet, thanking him for his support.
Where do you think Paige will go from here? Do you think she’s telling the truth about her suspension? Let us know what you think in the comments!