Paige was forced to retire from in-ring competition in 2017 after a freak accident. She remained relevant in other roles for years afterwards, but her in-ring return never happened.
The first-ever NXT Women’s Champion parted ways with the company back in July after WWE decided not to renew her contract. After waiting a couple of months, Paige took a huge step in her career.
This is because she made her debut during AEW Grand Slam, much to the shock of the world. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Saraya is still not cleared for in-ring action.
There is no answer to the question as to what role she will play, if she will wrestle regularly, sparingly, or not at all. She got an enormous surprise pop, but these types of things always get that reaction. Muta got a similar gigantic pop. Pops and surprises are cool, but their long-term value is nil if they cost a lot of money. If she is going to wrestle, and can go at her prior level, she will be a good addition. But it was notable in her run-in she didn’t touch anyone, and with WWE, not only was she not allowed to wrestle, but nobody was allowed to touch her.
We were told that she had not been cleared as of very recently, which would explain not touching anyone, but would like to be cleared. She is refereeing for her family’s WAW promtion in a few weeks.
WWE also wanted to bring back Paige after Triple H took over. It is dubious she will end up performing in the ring. Regardless, we will have to wait and see how she will fare in AEW.
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