• It’s Been 4 Years Since Paige’s Final Match (Video)
On December 27, 2017, former WWE Divas Champion Paige wrestled her final match at the age of 25.
At the WWE Live Holiday Tour Event at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, Absolution (Paige, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville) faced Sasha Banks, Bayley & Mickie James in a 6-woman tag team match.
The match ended when Sasha kicked Paige in the back and Paige got hurt. Paige tried to continue wrestling, but couldn’t.
You can watch this sad moment below:
Paige injured her neck during this spot. Due to this injury, she wasn’t cleared to compete in the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble match in January 2018.
On the post-WrestleMania 34 episode of RAW. Paige officially announced her in-ring retirement.
You can watch it below:
You can watch the WWE Chronicle episode on Paige’s retirement below:
During an interview with Give Me Sport in 2018, Paige was asked about her career-ending injury incident and Sasha getting heat from fans because of this. Below is what Paige said:
“Nothing was ever Sasha’s fault. She got so much backlash and even in the ring and we were in there, people are chanting ‘Sasha sucks’ and it really upset me to hear that because it wasn’t her fault.
The thing is with me, right, that move where she kicks me in the back, I had taken that so many times previously that I was so stubborn and I thought ‘I can still do these kinds of things’ and I thought my neck was just as strong as it was before, but, unfortunately, it’s not.
So I called this move and I told her to do it and so she did it, and unfortunately, my neck wasn’t strong enough and it snapped all the way back and it was essentially the same as having a really bad car crash – the whiplash was.
My arms start losing the feeling and then I’m like ‘oh my gosh, I can’t feel my arms!’ and I’m trying to grab her [Sasha’s] legs and she’s like ‘you need to stop’ and I’m like ‘no, no, no. Wait, I can stand up, let me do this’ and so I stand up, but then I fall straight back down and I’m like ‘oh my gosh, I can’t feel my body right now, this is crazy and I was so petrified I was like ‘I think I’m paralyzed’.
The girls at the side of the ring were crying, Bayley was really upset and Sasha is sitting in the corner just devastated and I couldn’t cry at first; I wasn’t in any pain I was just in so much shock and I’m just looking at these girls like ‘oh my gosh. And I knew it, I felt it – my career was done.’
I remember them bringing out the stretcher and stuff like that and I was like ‘please don’t make me go out on a stretcher, that’s all I’m asking. I don’t wanna go out on a stretcher’. I wanted to walk out gracefully and I just knew I was going to get told I wasn’t going to be able to do this anymore.
So I’m finally up and walking and the crowd are cheering – they were so sweet – so I get backstage and Jamie Noble and all the trainers and doctors that we had were checking my reflexes and my body felt fine after that, it was just achey.
But Sasha was there the whole entire time. She did not want to leave my side – like literally did not want to leave my side – and she was crying her eyes out. She said ‘I’m so sorry’ and I’m like ‘It’s not your fault, none of this is your fault.’
So then literally the next day I get flown out to Orlando to see a doctor. The next day after that I got flown out to Dr. Maroon. He felt my neck and he was like, ‘You can have another surgery if you want, but you still have to retire, either way’. He was like ‘if you get hit again you’ll be paralyzed’ kind of the same as Edge and I already knew that. I was just hoping he would tell me something different.
So getting back to work, I didn’t wanna tell anyone just yet. I was like ‘I’m fine, I just need a couple of weeks.’
But, I remember just telling Sasha ‘I can’t wrestle anymore’ and she was devastated, she started crying, crying her eyes out. I was like ‘I’m so sorry’, I think it’s just a British thing to apologize! But I was like ‘I’m sorry, it’s not your fault’ and she’s just been so, so supportive.
She always texts me like ‘hey, how are you doing, how are things going?’ you know, and she’s just always been really great.”
WATCH: Girl Having Fun With Paige:
• ON THIS DAY IN WCW HISTORY (December 28, 1997) – WCW Worldwide
On this day in 1997, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Worldwide’.
This episode was pre-taped from the Disney MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW Starrcade 1997’ PPV, that happened later on the same day.
The card of the show can be found here:
Joey Maggs vs. Psychosis
Steve Armstrong vs. Disco Inferno
Hugh Morrus vs. Greg Valentine
Scott Norton vs. Lenny Lane
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Alex Wright