Paige has been involved mostly in non-wrestling roles since she retired from in-ring competition in April of 2018 due to injury. She went on to become the general manager of SmackDown. She also contributed to WWE Backstage in 2019. Paige hasn’t appeared in person on camera since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020.
Ringside News reported that a WWE creative staffer said there were no plans to bring her back to the show in March of this year. Still, Paige remains under WWE contract. Dave Meltzer talked about why she’s still with the company on the latest Wrestling Observer Live.
“She’s still employed, and I don’t know when they call her with an idea, then that’s what she does. When they don’t call her she doesn’t do a lot. Yeah, you know I can’t really give an answer [about why she hasn’t been released] it’s probably, you know who knows?
It’s probably maybe they feel there’s value in her in appearances and as far as things like that that her name’s strong enough to keep her employed and worth it for the company and also the injury and the career-ending nature of it there might be some feelings on that as well.”
During her time away from WWE, Paige has concentrated on growing her Twitch following. She streams regularly on the platform. Paige has 215,000 followers on the site.
Before injuries cut her career in the ring short, she was considered one of the top stars in WWE. She was the first ever NXT Women’s Champion at a time when WWE was just starting to take women’s wrestling more seriously. She was also a two-time WWE Divas Champion.
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Transcription by Ringside News