Before Paige had to give her retirement speech on Raw earlier this year, she went to Daniel Bryan and asked for advice on what to say.
One of the hardest things for a professional wrestler is having to say goodbye to competing in the ring. That's because unlike other professional sports, there is no definite timeline on how long a pro wrestler's career is going to be. You can go on for 30 years or more like The Undertaker or Jerry Lawler, or have to step aside before you're even 30-years-old depending on injuries.
SmackDown Live General Manager Paige knows all too well about that. Earlier this year, the former Divas' Champion was told by doctors that due to neck injuries, she could no longer compete in the ring. At the time, Paige was just 25-years-old. She will undoubtedly have thought that she had 10, maybe even 20 more years to compete in the ring.
Eventually, Paige had to reveal the news to the WWE Universe. Before doing so on the Raw after WrestleMania, she sought the advice of Daniel Bryan. Two years prior to Paige being forced to step away from the ring, Bryan was told the same and gave a heart-wrenching retirement speech live on Raw. You can see the whole of Paige and Bryan's conversation in the Total Divas' clip below.
Bryan's key tip to Paige is to not focus on the negative and don't make it sound as if you're saying "poor me" and to rather think about the people she's met and opportunities that she has had. Bryan also reminds her that she is from a wrestling family who have all worked extremely hard in the business for decades, and that she is the first person from her family to have wrestled in WWE.
It would be so easy to for Paige to dwell on the negative following on from her retirement. In the two years prior to that, she went through an extremely dark time where at some points it seemed as if she would never return to wrestling at all. Even though she can no longer compete, at least she still has a place in WWE, currently as a GM, and it's not long now until the movie about her life, Fighting With My Family hits the big screen.