On July 7, 2022, Paige's contract, now Saraya, with the WWE expired and Vince McMahon decided together with Laurinaitis not to renew it to the astonishment of Triple H who also tried to get her re-signed before the former champion of NXT decided to join AEW.
Paige, however, in her time in WWE, was not limited to just fighting, in fact when she got injured and retired after an unfortunate indicative in the ring in December 2017, the company of Stamford wanted to keep her in the role of General Manager.
of SmackDown, after it announced its retirement in April 2018. But that's not all, because she also had the opportunity to work as a manager alongside some of her colleagues, in particular Absolution, formed by Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose, the Kabuki Warriors, or Asuka and Kairi Sane and also the IIconics.
Did Ronda Rousey need Saraya?
During her last interview on Talk Is Jericho, Saraya recounted how she tried to get WWE to give her different roles, as she still regretted sitting at home doing nothing. In particular, he would have proposed to be manager of Ronda Rousey: "I remember contacting them, Mark Carrano, everyone, even the WWE studios.
I contacted them and said: 'If you want me to do media stuff, I can do it. . If you want me to do it, I can do it. If you want me to do a managerial job, I do. "I think Ronda needed a spokesperson at the time. I was trying to work on it.
I was constantly coming up with all these different ideas just to be a manager. in general, because, you know, I was doing managerial stuff for a group of women. I was like, 'I can do these things. I'm available. Let me know." Saraya went on to say that it was frustrating and depressing for her to sit at home doing nothing, especially as you are under contract with a company that does not allow you to participate in many external things from the work you do there except with specific permission.
She also added that one day Vince's assistant called her to tell her that she should give a percentage of her Twitch earnings to the company and that obviously irritated her and that's mostly why she chose to sign with the company.
AEW, because it is freer. Following her AEW debut, Saraya was recently criticized by, and then got into a social media argument, with Jim Cornette. "Dirt sheets. Podcasters and an old man that loves to have his voice heard even if it’s full of sh*t (cornette) loves to talk about me. You’re welcome for the clicks and views."