Paige’s last WWE match caused an injury so bad she was forced to retire

Hamish Woodward

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Despite Paige’s last match being nearly 5 years ago, she is still one of the most popular WWE superstars in the world. She is one of the most followed WWE superstars in social media, and her Twitch stream was one of the most popular among fans of wrestling streams.

Paige helped herald in the women’s revolution with her incredible NXT bouts against the likes of Emma and Natalya. This earned her the accolade of the first NXT Women’s Champion, which she held until she was forced to vacate the title after Wrestlemania XXX.

This was because on the Raw after Wrestlemania 30, Paige debuted on the WWE main roster and beat AJ Lee for the WWE Diva’s Championship in her very first match. She instantly became a star on the main roster, and embarked on huge feuds with the likes of AJ Lee, Brie Bella and Nikki Bella.

She led Team PCB (Paige, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch) as part of the three-way trios feud when the Women’s Revolution truly kicked off in WWE. She was a top star in the division before injuries curtailed her momentum.

Paige’s last match in WWE came nearly 5 years ago, and is a stark reminder that anyone, even a top star in their 20s, is susceptible to life-changing injuries in the wrestling business

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Paige’s last match in WWE was a six-man tag match, where Paige teamed with Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville as Absolution to take on the trio of Bayley, Mickie James and Sasha Banks. The star-studded match took place at a WWE Live Event in Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, and took place on 27th December, 2017.

The same match had been taking place on live events leading up to the show, and even took place on two consecutive episodes on Monday Night Raw. Both teams shared victories on the run up the Paige’s retirement match, which ended in a no-contest due to injuries suffered by Paige during the bout.

Paige suffered a neck injury during the match, after a kick from Sasha Banks. This caused the match to be stopped, as Paige had a history of neck and spine injuries, even suffering from scoliosis, as revealed on the Stone Cold Podcast.

Paige was forced to retire just months after the injury, announcing her retirement from in-ring action just 4 months after the event. She revealed her injury to the WWE Universe on the Raw After Wrestlemania in 2018, and was soon placed in charge of Smackdown as the brands general manager.

Paige’s last match was in that six-man tag team match, although the young English star still has aspirations of defying the odds like Edge and Daniel Bryan by stepping back between those ropes as an active wrestler once again.

Last year on her Twitch stream, Paige revealed she was working hard on an in-ring return to WWE and that she was trying to get cleared to wrestle by the WWE medical team.

On her stream, Paige said;

“I’m not done yet. This is going to be my comeback story. I’m inspired. I’m so inspired by the people coming back to wrestling and the more I think about it, I’m like, ‘Okay, mentally, I’m ready to go.’

“I’m going to start working around, getting in the ring a little bit. Maybe. We’ll see. This is not saying I’m making a comeback tomorrow.

“It’s a long f*****g road. I still have to get cleared by doctors, I have to get cleared by WWE. It’s such a big process, but emotionally, I’m ready.”

Her contract runs until June 2022 according to sources, and once that is done then we could see her wrestling on the independent scene, or even in AEW, should she get cleared by doctors outside of WWE.

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