After missing over a year-and-a-half with suspensions and neck surgery, Paige will wrestle her first match since the June 27, 2016 episode of Monday Night Raw, the WWE officially announced on its Twitter page:
— WWE (@WWE) December 2, 2017
Paige returned on Raw two weeks ago and brought Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville along with her. Last week the trio attacked Sasha Banks, Mickie James and Bayley, forming the new Absolution faction. It’ll also mark Paige’s first singles match since June 20, 2016 – when she lost to Charlotte on Monday Night Raw.
In August of last year, Paige stepped away to undergo and recovery from neck surgery. She also received two suspensions for violating the WWE’s wellness policy, leaving her future with the company unclear. But Paige was able to stay out of trouble and recover, and is now set to launch the next stage of her career.
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The two-time WWE Divas Champion has a long history with Sasha Banks, as the two frequently feuded during their days together in NXT. But in her previously mentioned loss to Charlotte last year, Paige was saved by Banks after being attacked by The Queen and Dana Brooke.
Paige and Banks have both been two of the WWE’s top female performers since they moved to the main event roster. The Legit Boss is a four-time Raw Women’s Champion, and faced Charlotte in the first-ever women’s Hell in a Cell match at last year’s pay-per-view event, so Banks makes perfect sense as Paige’s first opponent in over a year.
With Paige forming Absolution, it’ll be interesting to see if Banks forms another all-female alliance to stop this new trio. Bayley, Nia Jax and Alexa Bliss all look like viable options — though the latter is currently a heel, so that probably wouldn’t happen.
Nonetheless, we’ll see how Paige looks in her first match in 18 months. We fans can only hope she’s good to go again.
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