Saraya Bevis has made history all over the world over the past decade. Coming from the city of Norwich in the United Kingdom, the British trained wrestler became the first female star to step out of the Independent Circuit in the UK and be signed by the biggest wrestling company in the world.
She made her wrestling debut at the age of 14 and comes from the famous Knight family, who still run wrestling promotions out of her hometown.
Paige signed with WWE in 2012 after a career that had already taken her all over the world. She then became the first ever NXT Women’s Champion and merely months later she was chosen as the woman to finally end AJ’s record setting 295 day run as Divas Champion.
At that point, she was both NXT Women’s and Divas Champion at the same time and was forced to drop the NXT title and take her place on the main roster. She became the youngest ever Divas Champion following this win and went on to feud with AJ Lee for a few months that saw the title pass back and forth between the two. In recent months, Paige has been suspended twice while exhibiting some rebellious behaviour.
Paige has made many memories in WWE, many worth remembering and many that WWE would rather forget. Relive these here, in images.
15. Want You To See: Paige Makes History In NXT
Paige made history back in 2013 when she defeated Emma in the Finals of the NXT Women’s Championship tournament to become the inaugural champion. She was also the longest reigning Champion until Asuka recently beat her record while holding the Championship.
This was a time when WWE thought that Paige was the future of the company and it’s Women’s Division. It was a time when the WWE Universe believed that Paige could well hold the answers to all of the Women’s Divisions problems and surely WWE would prefer to remember Paige the way she was here, rather than the way she has become now. Paige was a treasured champion down in NXT and this was surely a great highlight for the young Superstar.
14. Don’t Want You To See: Paige Is Restrained
Paige began wrestling at a very young age. She has known nothing but wrestling her entire life, it’s in her blood. Which means that she probably doesn’t have a lot of real life experience.
Since she’s met Alberto Del Rio and began dating the Mexican star, it seems that the 24-year -old has become a completely different person. The image above shows that Paige and her boyfriend Del Rio were restrained following a night out after WWE’s annual Money in the Bank event because they caused an argument with another couple who were also enjoying an evening out. Not really the actions of someone WWE considers a role model to younger fans. This was just one of many controversies surrounding Paige and Alberto Del Rio.
13. Want You To See: Paige Becomes Divas Champion
Out of all the female talent that WWE had in the locker room back in 2014, they decided that Paige should be the one to finally end AJ Lee’s 295 day record-breaking Divas Championship reign. Paige was plucked from the NXT system and tossed directly into the main light of the Divas Division.
So many women had tried the night before at WrestleMania and were unable to defeat The Black Widow. But in her first ever WWE match, Paige managed to win the ‘prestigious ‘Championship and became the youngest ever female champion in WWE history: a record that she still holds, and something both she and WWE should still be proud of. This is definitely another memory that will live forever in the mind of Paige.
12. Don’t Want You To See: Paige In Another Wrestling Ring
Paige was suspended by WWE on her birthday back in August 2016 because she had violated the WWE’s Wellness Policy for the first time. So, she was suspended for 30 days. She was then suspended for a further 60 days when it was made evident that she had violated the policy for a second consecutive time.
During her time away from the company, she managed to breach her own contract by appearing in a WWC ring while proposing to her boyfriend Alberto Del Rio. The Mexican wrestler accepted the proposal despite already being married. But the fact that Paige had appeared at a rival promotion without permission from WWE meant that her future could have hung in the balance. There could be lingering bad feelings in WWE about this.
11. Want You To See: Divas Revolution
Following AJ Lee’s exit from WWE back in 2015, the creative team didn’t know what to do with Paige for the months following AJ’s retirement (Paige and AJ had become a common theme on WWE programming). But somehow they managed to make the negative into a positive and allowed the Divas Revolution to begin.
Becky Lynch and Charlotte joined Paige as Team PCB. And even though the Revolution was assumed to have been a failure, it began what has now become a record setting and breaking Women’s Division with the likes of Sasha Banks, Bayley .and Charlotte representing the company on a weekly basis. Like it or not, Paige played a part in helping move the women forward in WWE. And that should be remembered by fans.