15 Things WWE’s Bad Girl Paige Wants You To Forget
On 5th January 2017
Born Saraya-Jade Bevis on August 17, 1992, the woman who would become known as Paige has exemplified her self-processed role as the Anti-Diva from the moment she came up with the term. Lets find out these 15 things WWE bad girl Paige wants you to forget.
Wrestled while pregnant
Most if not all women today know there are certain activities they shouldn't engage in while pregnant, for both their own health and the health of their fetus. High atop the list of things expecting women shouldn't do is pursue a career as an active wrestler, and yet that's exactly what Paige's mother Sweet Saraya did up until she was seven months pregnant with her daughter. Despite Paige being Saraya's second child, she would later defend her extremely dangerous actions by claiming she didn't know she was pregnant at the time. This is pretty much the only defense that could be acceptable, questionable though it may be given how far along Saraya was, plus the fact she had gone through a pregnancy before. Even if it was a mistake, it could have cost Paige her life before she was born, and thus remains a dark point in their family history. Oddly, the information has only really become well known because Paige herself spread the story, but we still think she'll eventually realize her mother's behavior in this regard shouldn't be publicized
Not every wrestler dreams of sports entertainment glory from the day they're born, including those whose parents make their living in the industry. In fact, having parents who wrestle might scare kids away from the sport altogether, which is nearly what happened to Paige when she was a young girl. According to Paige, before she fully understood what wrestling was, all she knew about her parents' profession was that it meant they beat people up every night, unless of course they were getting beaten up themselves. WWE isn't as hardcore as the Knight family promotion, World Association of Wrestling, but the implication that pro wrestling is violent and terrifying to children isn't an image that the corporate, family friendly McMahon family wants to become mainstream. What sounds like a silly, ironic story can actually be indemnifying and damaging to the industry if it gets enough thought, and chances are neither Paige nor WWE want fans to think about it too much for that reason.
She Had A Miscarriage At 18
People who go through damaging emotional trauma typically don't like talking about it at length, which makes it a no brainer that Paige would prefer fans forget about her tragic history with trying to have children. The only person who knows exactly the full story is Paige herself, and she's been understandably tight lipped about having a miscarriage when she was 18, so the best we can do is speculate based on the little information she has revealed on Total Divas. After getting caught having an emotional moment when other female wrestlers were talking about having children, Paige explained that she had been pregnant at a young age only to lose the baby for unclear reasons. Not long after that, she had an unrelated surgery, and a doctor discovered there was very little chance she'd ever be able to conceive another child. Paige also spoke at length about how difficult it is for female wrestlers to have children, which coupled with her family history puts into question how exactly the baby was lost. Regardless of the exact circumstance, she obviously didn't like talking about her troubles, and would likely rather put it all behind her.
Brother failed his try out
In addition to her semi-famous independent wrestling parents Ricky Knight and Sweet Saraya, Paige also has two wrestling brothers, Roy and Zak. Roy performs as The Zebra Kid, and Zak competes under the moniker Zak Zodiac. The Zebra Kid has largely seemed content staying in England and running World Association of Wrestling with his parents, but Zak Zodiac attempted to follow his sister to America when she had her WWE tryout. It took Paige two tries, but the important part is that she passed and fast ascended to the top of her division. Her brother, on the other hand, failed his every tryout, ultimately told that he was too skinny and lacked the muscle mass to be taken seriously in the WWE Universe. In all fairness to Zak, while he's never had the definition necessary for him to be a true star, he wasn't in particularly worse shape than, say, James Ellsworth or Spike Dudley. Then again, perhaps those examples prove WWE's point. Either way, it must be a bit awkward at Knight family reunions when Zak and Paige talk about their respective career paths.
Slapping a fan
Immediately prior to starting her career in WWE, Paige was participating in a so-called Queen of the Ring tournament held by a promotion called UK Wrestling Mayhem. Wrestling as Britani Knight, Paige made it all the way to the finals of the tournament, last challenging a British superstar named "Inferno" Jemma Palmer. Paige lost, but her post match antics turned out to be far more memorable than the tournament itself. For reasons that remain unclear, after Palmer left with her arms raised, Knight jumped out of the ring and harshly slapped a male fan across the face. There were rumors he had been making misogynistic comments throughout the match, while others believe it was planned and the fan actually asked her to slap him before the show. Either way, there's nothing particularly wrong with what she did, but that doesn't change the fact WWE definitely wouldn't condone it. Especially in today's highly PG environment, the idea of a wrestler assaulting a fan would never fly, and there's a reason Paige hasn't done anything like this since leaving the UK.