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Paige on her career ending injury and how she feels about Sasha Banks

In a conversation with GiveMeSport, Paige hopefully put an end to people tagging Sasha Banks as being responsible in ending the Norwich native’s career. It may not, but Paige has at least tried to set the record straight:

“Nothing was ever Sasha’s fault. She got so much backlash and even in the ring, when we were in there, people are chanting ‘Sasha sucks’ and it really upset me to hear that because it wasn’t her fault.

The thing is with me, right, that move where she kicks me in the back, I had taken that so many times previously that I was so stubborn and I thought ‘I can still do these kind of things’ and I thought my neck was just as strong as it was before, but, unfortunately, it’s not.

So I called this move and I told her to do it and so she did it, and unfortunately, my neck wasn’t strong enough and it snapped all the way back and it was essentially the same as having a really bad car crash – the whiplash was.

My arms start losing the feeling and then I’m like ‘oh my gosh, I can’t feel my arms!’ and I’m trying to grab her [Sasha’s] legs and she’s like ‘you need to stop’ and I’m like ‘no, no, no. Wait, I can stand up, let me do this’ and so I stand up, but then I fall straight back down and I’m like ‘oh my gosh, I can’t feel my body right now, this is crazy’ and I was so petrified I was like ‘I think I’m paralysed’.

The girls at the side of the ring were crying, Bayley was really upset and Sasha is sitting in the corner just devastated and I couldn’t cry at first; I wasn’t in any pain I was just in so much shock and I’m just looking at these girls like ‘oh my gosh’. And I knew it, I felt it – my career was done.

I remember them bringing out the stretcher and stuff like that and I was like ‘please don’t make me go out on a stretcher, that’s all I’m asking. I don’t wanna go out on a stretcher’. I wanted to walk out gracefully and I just knew I was going to get told I wasn’t going to be able to do this anymore.

So I’m finally up and walking and the crowd are cheering – they were so sweet – so I get backstage and Jamie Noble and all the trainers and doctors that we had were checking my reflexes and my body felt fine after that, it was just achey.

But Sasha was there the whole entire time. She did not want to leave my side – like literally did not want to leave my side – and she was crying her eyes out. She said ‘I’m so sorry’ and I’m like ‘It’s not your fault, none of this is your fault’.

So then literally the next day I get flown out to Orlando to see a doctor. The next day after that I got flown out to Dr. Maroon. He felt my neck and he was like ‘You can have another surgery if you want, but you still have to retire, either way’. He was like ‘if you get hit again you’ll be paralysed’ kind of the same as Edge and I already knew that, I was just hoping he would tell me something different.

So getting back to work, I didn’t wanna tell anyone just yet. I was like ‘I’m fine, I just need a couple of weeks’.

But, I remember just telling Sasha ‘I can’t wrestle anymore’ and she was devastated, she started crying, crying her eyes out. I was like ‘I’m so sorry’, I think it’s just a British thing to apologise! But I was like ‘I’m sorry, it’s not your fault’ and she’s just been so, so supportive. She always texts me like ‘hey, how are you doing, how things going?’ you know, and she’s just always been really great.”

How do you guys feel about the whole thing? The situation seems horrible, but hopefully this will go some way in stopping fans needing someone to blame.

  • EVH

    I know she’s been wrestling since she was a teen, but she wasnt wrestling 250-400 lb wrestlers. She wasnt taking mad bumps like Edge. For every highlight you can show me of her taking a crazy bump that looks like she is almost getting killed i could show you 20 more by Edge.

    I realize you could slip on a banana peel and snap your neck, that’s not the point because her injury was wrestling related, so my comparison is fair and valid.
    The point im making is that i think she has a better shot of coming back due to her age and less wear and tear. but again, im not a Dr so i dont know.

  • CC

    Even last week I was seeing people still blaming Sasha.
    Its not like when Edge busted Jose Estradas, D’Lo crippled Droz or Owen hurt Stone Cold, those were genuine botches that should not have happened because they were sloppy.
    This was a standard totally weak move that normally would not have caused anyone injury, but due to Paige herself not thinking things were that bad, ended in the worst way. It would be like taking a chest chop from Flair, then having a heart attack. Would hardly be Flairs fault.

  • CC

    What? You know someone can have a motorcycle crash at 100mph of trip down the stairs and injure themselves identically?
    The severity of her injury could be just as bad as Edges just from taking one minor bump the wrong way. And when you factor in she has been wrestling since she was a kid and she is a female with a much smaller bone structure than Edge, for all you know her injury could actually be worse.

    The bit at the end, I agree with though. The surgeries that the likes of Paige herself, Edge, Kurt Angle and numerous other stars have had in the recent past would not have even been possible around 20 or 30 years ago, for example, so yes, medical advancements could mean she could wrestle again one day. I just do not understand how you cannot see that her injuries could be as bad as or worse than Edges.

  • EVH

    obviously im not a dr, but there’s a huge difference between Egde’s and Paige’s injuries. The toll on Edge’s body is immeasurably greater than the abuse Paige took. Edge fought in TLC, HiaC, steel Cage, hardcore matches, going through tables, getting pounded into pavement, and on and on and on. So i think Paige can come back in maybe 3-4 years. She’s still super young (compared to Edge when he retired in his 40’s) so her body has a better chance of healing itself, and who knows what medical advancements will come.

  • oppa

    Everyone knew it was a freak accident. Some fans hate Sasha and will never give her a break. It seems like she’s at the point where she’s stopped caring about trying to make people happy that will never like her and has moved on with life, as she should.