Speaking to the UK’s Daily Star newspaper, WWE SmackDown LIVE GM Paige has spoken about overcoming a difficult 2017 after announcing her wrestling retirement earlier this year.
The 26-year-old, prior to her career ending injury, had also failed a WWE drug test and been subject to a very public sex tape leak.
Paige was understandably left scarred, suffering stress-induced anorexia and also having suicidal thoughts.
Ahead of the new documentary about her set to air on the WWE Network, Paige has said she wants people to “learn from her mistakes” and also revealed that Edge, who was also forced to retire early with injuries, helped her through the tough times.
“You hear a bunch of my stories, the year and a half I took out, just everything.”
“All the trouble I got myself into… I was just very open about everything.
“I was very open with the taped sex that unfortunately got leaked, and the [failing] of drug tests.
“I was just very open about everything because I want people to learn from my mistakes, you know?”
Paige spoke about wrestling being her passion and how she felt after that career-ending injury:
“I was at rock bottom for a year and a half – and the people who got me out of my rut were my fans.
“They were just like ‘I know you can get out of this, you’re stronger than what you feel right now, I know you can make a comeback’.
“It just inspired me like ‘you’re right, why do I feel like I’m giving up right now?’.”
She also added that WWE Hall of Famer Edge played a key role in helping her with sudden retirement after he experienced the same thing, being forced to leave the squared circle due to spinal stenosis.
“He told me ‘I promise you after you make this retirement speech you will have so much weight off your shoulders and you will feel so much better’.”