Paige had been off of WWE programming for nearly 18 months, due to a pair of suspensions (for violating the company's wellness policy), and having to undergo/recover from neck surgery.
But on Monday Night Raw, Paige made her long-anticipated return - stealing the thunder and interfering in the middle of a Fatal 4 Way match. Not only that, but NXT stars Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose joined Paige by her side.
Paige also made a statement, laying waste to Bayley in the middle of the ring:
And just like that, the former two-time Divas Champion is back in the WWE after months of speculation. Paige also returns at an extremely opportune time, with Sasha Banks, Nia Jax, Alexa Bliss and Bayley stacking up one great women's division on the Raw brand. Who she feuds with next remains to be seen.
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For Paige, the frustration is finally over. Her suspensions are in the past, and she's fully recovered from the neck surgery. On top of that, Paige's controversy-filled relationship with Alberto Del Rio came to an end earlier in the month. So now she gets to begin a new future with the WWE.
Many figured that Paige would return in time for Survivor Series, and could have been part of the women's 5-on-5 interbrand match. She was spotted backstage at Raw last week, but never came out to mark her return.
With a new alliance seemingly formed, Paige has plenty of suitable options for her next feud. Sasha Banks and Bayley often compete as a tag team, so maybe those two will go up against Paige, Deville and Rose.
We'll soon find out what the upcoming storylines hold for Paige. But we can assume she's bound to re-enter the women's main event picture. It's been far too long without Paige, and the WWE has to make the most of her thunderous return.
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