Earlier this week, rumors about Paige making a surprise return to in-ring action began swirling after it was announced that she would be appearing on Friday Night SmackDown. In the end, the former WWE Diva’s Champion did not appear on the show.
According to Paige, fans who were hoping that she would be announcing her wrestling comeback might be disappointed.
During a recent interview with Inside the Ropes, by the way of WrestlingNewsc.co, Paige revealed that she has not ruled out a return to the squared circle at some point. However, she confirmed that it is not on the cards for now.
“I think it is always a possibility one day, you can never say never. It’s not going to be any time soon. That’s mostly all I can say about it, it’s really hard because I just had a neck surgery in August. My neck is just getting healthier quicker the second time around which is crazy. I feel absolutely fantastic. We’ll see where it goes.”
After spending months out of action due to a neck injury she received during a tag team match, Paige eventually announced her retirement in 2018.
Since then, the former superstar has served as an on-air personality and manager on TV, and she is a regular pundit on WWE Backstage. She was also the subject of the wrestling biopic Fighting With My Family, in which Florence Pugh played a dramatized version of her.
— WWE (@WWE) May 9, 2018
However, some recent returns by major superstars have made fans optimistic about the possibility of Paige wrestling again down the line.
Daniel Bryan made an unexpected comeback in 2018 and is still featured regularly on TV, while Edge took part in this year’s Royal Rumble and has a match against Randy Orton at WrestleMania. Edge’s return was a huge shock to fans, as he was forced to retire in 2011 as the result of a seemingly career-ending neck injury.
It remains to be seen if Paige will follow in Edge and Bryan’s footsteps, but she has other ideas in mind for how she can contribute to the WWE product.
As documented by WrestlingNews.co, she recently said that she would love to be a General Manager for one of the company’s flagship shows. She previously occupied this role on SmackDown Live back in 2018, but she was removed from the position shortly after when the company decided to go with the McMahon family as onscreen authority figures instead.
Although Paige missed the last Friday Night SmackDown, it seems like WWE is interested in featuring her again in some capacity. Perhaps she will be given a more pivotal role moving forward.