Paige Comments On Alberto El Patron’s Recent Comments About Her Mental Health

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Chasing Glory With Lilian Garcia recently interviewed WWE SmackDown! Live General Manager Paige. During the interview, she addressed recent comments Alberto El Patron (formerly Alberto Del Rio) made in reference to her on Instagram. Below are some highlights:

Paige on the upcoming Evolution event and development of women’s wrestling: “It makes me really sad obviously because – I mean I love wrestling, wrestling’s been my life completely. So, it does make me really sad; but, at the same time I can’t help, but be happy for everybody because I’m like you know what it’s so good to be a part of it whether I’d be on commentary, whether I’d be on the GM stuff, I get to watch it and I know that me and a few others helped kick start the whole thing in the first place. I’m happy; but, it’s kind of a bittersweet thing. There’s nothing I can do about it. I can’t get back the ring, so why do I dwell on it? Why do I have to be sad constantly?”

Paige on her injury and getting paralyzed in the ring: “I got the kick, wasn’t a [unintelligible] fall. My neck wasn’t a strong as it was before. I was the one who called that move in the first place, so I end up getting complete paralysis in my body, temporary paralysis. I’m laying the ring and I could feel it. I just knew it. Laying there I was like, ‘This is it. I’m not wrestling anymore.’ And I felt it. I already knew. I had never had that…in both my arms and both my legs, I couldn’t feel anything, nothing at all. I just laid there and I’m not in pain. I was just so upset that I just started crying and the trainers were there and Jamie Noble was there and I looked over at Jamie and was like, ‘This is it. I’m done.’ I was so sad. They were like, ‘We brought a stretcher,’ and I said, ‘Please, I don’t want to go out in a stretcher. This could be my last match ever. I want to go out walking.’ I was there for like five minutes in the ring. It felt like an eternity; but, it was five minutes and then I started getting feeling back and the doc goes to me, ‘You get to walk,’ and I was like, ‘Absolutely.’”

Paige on the severity of her injury: “So I go see Dr. Maroon and he was very cool about it. He was like, ‘Look, your spinal cord pretty much has the same impact as a severe car crash. Around your spinal cord you have that fluid. There’s no fluid around the top and the bottom.’ He was like, ‘If you get one more kick, one more whatever, you will be permanently paralyzed. You are very lucky you weren’t paralyzed in the ring that moment. You are extremely lucky. I don’t know how you aren’t paralyzed right now. You have two options; but, they both end the same. You could retire right now or you can have another surgery where we take out the three screws, the fusion that you had, or put in some [unintelligible] in your neck, but ultimately you will be retiring too. I’m gonna give you the option; but, I will not allow you to be back in the ring again.’”


Paige on telling the news to her parents and Vince McMahon’s reactions: “I just called my mom and dad and I just broke down. I couldn’t stop sobbing. I was sobbing. Everything I knew my entire life, like literally for 26 years all I’ve known is wrestling and for it to be ripped out of my hands just like that – and it’s no one’s fault, it just comes with the business sometimes, like spinal stenosis with Edge and Stone Cold, it happens. For it to be cut short, it’s devastating. It’s horrible. My dad was just crying and he was like, ‘Everything is gonna be OK sweetheart. You’re gonna do bigger things now. Don’t worry this isn’t the end of your story,’ and I was like, ‘Thank you dad.’ That same day, I was just devastated, Hunter called me to make sure I was OK. I went to work and Vince [McMahon] gave me a big hug and said, ‘We’ll look after you. We just want you to look after yourself first.’”


Paige on if she blames Sasha Banks and accidents that happen in the ring: “Accidents happen. It’s kind of like what happened to Brie [Bella] and Liv Morgan this week. Accidents happen in the ring. I’m not gonna hold Sasha accountable for what happened to me. It is what it is and we’ve all been doing it for years. At one point or another one of us is gonna hurt each other. We can’t be perfect all the time. I feel so bad for Brie. She’s never hurt anyone. This is the first time she’s hurt someone and she gets blamed for it? Come on dude, it’s an accident. Liv doesn’t blame her. The thing that I didn’t like about it was the fact that her teammates brought her back into the ring to do a suplex when everyone knew she was knocked out. That’s the thing I didn’t like. Don’t come back in for this suplex. You know you’re hurt. We have concussion meetings all the time. Take care of yourself; but, also your tag partners, as much as I love them, they’re very sweet girls, they know you were knocked out. Don’t let her back in the ring again. That’s what Sasha did with me. She saw something was messed up. She was like, ‘I’m not continuing with this match.’ That’s a professional. She’s like, ‘I can’t do this.’ I was trying to continue it and I was trying and trying and trying. She was like, ‘Stop, you’re gonna hurt yourself even more.’ I get where Liv is coming from. She wants to continue. Stop, it’s not worth it. You’re gonna end up like me. With Ruby [Riott] and Sara [Logan], you see that she got hurt. Don’t let her back in the ring again. Referee in there, don’t let her back in the ring again. Apparently the referee didn’t know anything. Come on how didn’t you know?”

Paige on the stigma for The Bellas and Divas: “The backlash that Brie got, if it was anyone else there wouldn’t be that much backlash. It’s because she’s a Bella. People have such a bad stigma when it comes from the Divas name and I hate that. Without the Divas, we wouldn’t be here. I was a Diva. I loved it. When you think of WWE, you think of WWE and when you think of WWE you think of your passion and your dream, so I hate that. I hate that stigma. They discount The Bellas as being in the Divas realm; but, they’ve worked their butts off so hard to keep up with the rest of the girls. They do not stop and I think that’s fantastic; but, people kept them in that. They typecast them as Divas and don’t even give them a chance and I hate that.”

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