Current General Manager of WWE SmackDown Live Paige opened up about the time when she heard the news that she will be appointed as a General Manager on her recent appearance on Edge and Christian’s Pod of Awesomeness.
Paige suffered a career-ending injury in January and announced in an episode of Monday Night RAW in April that she will be retiring from professional wrestling. Paige discusses how she came about to give the emotional speech and what her reaction was when she found out that she will be having a major role on WWE TV even after her retirement.
“I had to actually go home back to England for like 8 or 9 days to get my Visa fixed, so I literally didn’t do any work, I was just with my family. It was definitely the best for me. It gave me a minute to figure out what just happened and allow it to sink in, but I feel good about it surprisingly,” Paige said. “I remember you [Edge] telling me that after I were to finish with my promo I would have this huge weight lifted off of my shoulders, and that it would be great closure, and then to be announced as the [SmackDown Live] general manager the next day, it’s kind of like winning the lottery for me. It’s a different role and I love it. I absolutely love it. I get to be a boss. I’m a woman that gets to be a boss.”
Edge gave Paige advice before her retirement speech for RAW, as he was present backstage at that night too. Just like Paige, Edge had to retire from professional wrestling following a serious neck injury. Paige reveals that she got a lot of support from everyone backstage too.
“I didn’t tell many people that I was going to retire, but when I saw you [Edge] I had to do the speech so it was perfect and asked if I could speak with you whenever you had a moment before I had to go out there. When people saw me afterwards–it was really hard afterwards because I was on the stage and I was thinking, ‘Oh my God. This is it–closure,'” she said. “Then I came back into the curtain and people were crying, and I was like, you guys are making this so much worse. I said to myself that I got this, and that I am good, but then I went to the back and Stephanie [McMahon] grabbed me and hugged me for the longest time, which was lovely, and then Vince [McMahon] and Hunter [Triple H]. I felt like I died or something, like, ‘Oh, she was such a good person.’ I was like, ‘Guys, I didn’t die! I’m still here!'”
You can check out the entire interview on E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness. H/T to WrestlingInc. for quotes.