Will Paige ever return to greatness or will WWE cut ties with the controversial British beauty once she is cleared to wrestle again. There is a place for the former NXT and WWE Women’s Champion (nee Divas’ champion) should she fall back into good graces with the company after a year filled with drama and tabloid-style reality.
“Paige hasn’t been seen on WWE television since the draft on July 19 last year, and recent events seem to indicate she might not return to the company once her contract expires,” writes Chris Mueller of Bleacherreport.com. But if there is a chance for the brazen one to climb back in the ring, there may be a place for her on Tuesday nights as the SmackDown Women’s Title picture is as complicated as one of my calculus tests in high school.
“The 24-year old wrestler has been through many ups and down over the past year, but there is still hope she can turn things around and make a triumphant comeback,” Mueller adds.
While her connection to Alberto Del Rio was damaging, her two suspensions for failing the company’s wellness policy could have been the final nail in the coffin of her career in Bristol. If no for a movie deal, where The Rock himself planned to tell her life story, this may not be a piece I am writing at this moment.
The news of leaked photos and videos of her personal life added to the extracurricular issues she has faced while healing from neck surgery.
There is hope she can make a full recovery – the same way Nikki Bella did to return and regain her spot as one of the top females in the company.
“Some might think the WWE wouldn’t want to deal with these issues, but if history tells us anything, it’s Vince McMahon is always willing to forgive transgressions if it’s best for business,” adds Mueller. “Her problems may have happened in a short amount of time, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. Let’s go through every obstacle standing in the way of her returning to the ring.”
Paige is a solid performer and adds an edge to the division as a whole. While the Superstar Shuffle benefit Raw on Monday nights, it all but destroyed the Tuesday night vibe, which now includes Charlotte.
Will Samoa Joe Get The Shot
The Fatal Five Way match at Extreme Rules could be just what Monday Night Raw needs in wake of the news that Braun Strowman will be out of action for up to six months. Of the five superstars set to compete –Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns, Finn Balor, Seth Rollins and Samoa Joe – only Joe has not tasted WWE gold. That has a lot to do with his short time on the main roster. Knowing what a solid match Joe and Brock Lesnar would be for the Universal Heavyweight Title, would WWE pull the trigger on such a scenario?
Don’t bet on it.
All indications point to a Finn Balor-Brock Lesnar confrontation at the Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view. It’s murky at best how Balor can win cleanly over Lesnar, who dwarfs the former NXT and Universal Champion. While Balor has teased a Balor Club stable, could this mean Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson will be on hand to help Balor win at Extreme Rules or at the next PPV to take down the “Beast Incarnate?”
Joe is the perfect match in my opinion and after his run with Seth Rollins ends, where does the Samoan Submission Machine turn? Does he fall into a program with Roman Reigns, who lost his dance partner when Strowman was injured?
And The Record Continues
It’s good to see WWE push NXT Women’s Champion Asuka’s win streak. The company and the business needs a “Goldberg-like” angle. The fact Asuka has defeated all of the top women’s talent on the NXT roster could signal a push to the main roster at some point.
The only problem is who would be the one to break the streak and how can WWE bring to the main roster if she this over with the NXT fans?
This is a good problem to have given the state of Tuesday nights and the six women who look lost in the ring at one time. Asuka would add certain fire to SmackDown Live. An Asuka-Paige feud (should it happen) could be off the chain.