Former WWE Star Paige Debuts in AEW as Saraya After Career-Threatening Injury

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IISeptember 22, 2022

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12:  WWE Wrestler Paige speaks at MGM Studios, WWE, and SheIs special screening of 'Fighting With My Family' at AMC 34th Street on February 12, 2019 in New York City.  (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for MGM Studios)
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Former WWE star Paige made her All Elite Wrestling debut as Saraya at this year's edition of AEW Dynamite Grand Slam in New York on Wednesday.

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.<a href="https://twitter.com/Saraya?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Saraya</a> is HERE at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AEWDynamite?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AEWDynamite</a> Grand Slam and we are LIVE on <a href="https://twitter.com/TBSNetwork?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TBSNetwork</a>! <a href="https://t.co/bBqrfVUvS6">pic.twitter.com/bBqrfVUvS6</a>

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.<a href="https://twitter.com/Saraya?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Saraya</a> is here! <br><br>Watch <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AEWDynamite?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AEWDynamite</a>: Grand Slam on TBS! <a href="https://t.co/GWkA713ygw">pic.twitter.com/GWkA713ygw</a>

Saraya made her debut after Toni Storm claimed the Interim AEW Women’s World Championship in a win over Britt Baker, Serena Deeb and Athena. She announced her presence to a roaring Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd, which gave her a big pop as she entered the arena.

Paige was a two-time Divas champion during her time in WWE, but she was forced to retire in 2018 because of a neck injury.

However, her neck has since vastly improved. She went on the Bellas Podcast with Nikki and Brie Bella (h/t Wrestling Inc's Dakota Cohen) last month and gave some good news:

"My neck is fantastic. I'm having no issues with it, and it's looking good. I still want more time, though. I mean, I've had nearly five years completely out of the ring, which is, it goes by so quickly. I'm like, 'How?' But yeah, I can see myself in the ring one day, but it would have to be something really special and like for like a big moment, even like, for WrestleMania."

Now she's set to make her long-awaited return back in the ring since Dec. 2017.

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