WWE superstar Paige is in the news this week after she was unfortunately the victim of a hack and had many of her private photos and videos posted on the Internet without her consent. With Paige on everyone’s mind this week, fans are wondering what her current status is in the WWE and about whether she will return to the ring anytime soon.
The answers to those questions are complicated; this photo leak comes after several months of dramatic developments with the former Diva’s Champion, during which it has become increasingly unclear whether Paige will ever return to World Wrestling Entertainment. At this time, Paige is still a WWE employee, but she is away due to an injury.
Paige was last seen on WWE programming shortly before the 2016 draft. She was assigned to Monday Night Raw during the draft, but she has never actually appeared on Raw since then. In August 2016, Paige’s mother, Julia Hamer-Bevis, revealed on social media that her daughter is suffering from an injury and that’s why she has not been on WWE television recently. Julia wanted to clear this up and dispel any rumors that Paige was in hot water with the company.
It was already known before this that Paige suffers from scoliosis, a medical condition that causes a curvature of the spine. In a 2015 appearance on the Stone Cold podcast, Paige said that her spine looks like a question mark and that she should be seeing a chiropractor but isn’t. Stone Cold questioned whether this condition could lead to problems for her in the future, and she could not say that it wouldn’t.
On August 11th, it became clear that Paige’s injury was more serious than initially thought, as Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that Paige may have suffered permanent nerve damage.
“Regarding Paige, there may be some nerve damage regarding her back and shoulder issues,” Meltzer said. “I was told her neck issue is similar to what a lot of the guys have had that had serious problems where the problem has led to weakness in the right arm which was the first stage for some major issues with a lot of the guys.”