Former WWE Superstar Paige, now going by Saraya, debuted for AEW this week on a special GrandSlam episode of Dynamite.
This comes hours after the report Choosing to fight WWE’s new management team was interested in bringing back the former Divas Champion.
Saraya’s shocking debut portrayed her as a wrestler, something she hasn’t been able to do since 2017.
Paige’s 2018 retirement
The night after WrestleMania 34 in 2018, Paige announced her retirement due to severe head and neck injuries, immediately becoming SmackDown General Manager.
What makes this story even more heartbreaking is that Paige returned to the ring in December 2017, just four months before retiring, 18 months after being sidelined by another injury.
The nail in the coffin for the former WWE Superstar came just three weeks after his return to the ring, where Paige was kicked in the back of the head by Sasha Banks during their match.
As you can see from the footage below, Paige immediately fell to the ground and was unable to use her legs to get up, prompting the referee to call off the match immediately.
Video: Clip of the Sasha Banks kick that ended Paige’s career in 2017
Here’s Sasha Banks’ kick that ended Paige’s WWE career at just 25 years old.
It was an unfortunate accident, not Sasha’s fault. pic.twitter.com/RHoFzaBwpv
— Robby The Brain © (@RobbyTheBrain) January 13, 2018
As you can see from the terrifying footage above, after taking a kick to the back of the head from Banks, it was clear that something was wrong.
As a result of the impact injury she suffered, Paige was immediately placed on the no-contact list, with various medical tests by specialists over the next few months ruling the Englishwoman unable to compete again.
Interestingly enough, reports Wrestling Spectator Saraya has yet to be cleared to wrestle, despite desperately wanting to, an in-ring return has not been confirmed at this time.
Paige left WWE earlier this year after her contract with the wrestling juggernaut expired, with the 30-year-old revealing that she was surprisingly not offered a new contract by management.
However, that was under Vince McMahon’s leadership, and Triple H is believed to want to bring her back as part of his new-look WWE, which has already returned several released stars.
The wrestling world hopes that whatever Saraya does next with AEW, she remains happy and healthy after already overcoming a lot of hardships during her wrestling career both inside and outside the ring.
Stay tuned to GiveMeSport for all the latest news surrounding Saraya’s (Paige) debut for AEW and WWE’s earlier interest in her.