Paige wowed fans when she announced on Friday that July 7 will be her last day in WWE. The 29-year-old from Norwich experienced the highlight of her career when she defeated AJ Lee to take the Divas Championship. In April 2018, she announced her retirement from wrestling due to persistent neck injuries, but she remained with the company first as general manager of SmackDown and then as manager of the Kabuki Warriors until October 2019.
In addition to having held the Divas Championship twice, of which she was the youngest ever holder in history, she was also the inaugural NXT champion. Many believe that the British wrestler will sign a contract with All Elite Wrestling.
In the latest edition of 'Top Story' on Sportskeeda, wrestling expert Bill Apter spoke at length about the imminent separation between Paige and WWE.
Bill Apter on Paige
"Well, I just got the news and I'm trying to gather all the information on this matter.
Paige has been standing still for a very long time due to her physical problems and I think she wants to pursue other projects at this time in her life. She is a fantastic girl, I have met her a dozen times and she has always been very kind.
The fact that he is leaving WWE doesn't surprise me that much, it was clear that the relationship was winding down. Vince McMahon's company was still paying for it, despite the devastating effects of the global pandemic.
The moment it was realized that Paige was never going to return to the ring, the paths parted. I think it's best for everyone” - explained Bill Apter. Bill also spoke of Ric Flair's return to the ring: “I hope that his status will not be affected by this choice.
I don't know exactly what his physical condition is and what he intends to do in the ring, but honestly, I would avoid taking any further risks. I still hope you think about it”. Paige added that Vince told her he'd keep the door open for a possible WWE return for her.
This is what he told her: "If you don't renew the contract then, I don't think there's any non-compete clause. That's not what I was told on the phone. We're having a normal conversation and it's like, 'So, we're not gonna renew your contract.'
I texted Vince McMahon, he texted back. Everyone was respectful about it. It's a bummer. They are keeping the door open, both Vince and Johnny [John Laurinaitis] said they'll keep the door open, but that's usually what companies say."