The night after WrestleMania 34 on Raw, Paige announced that she was forced to retire due to a variety of neck injuries.
The following night, the former Divas Champion was unveiled as the Smackdown General Manager, replacing Daniel Bryan.
Speaking to TalkSport, Paige revealed that she actually pitched to manage Asuka and Ronda Rousey after being forced to step away from the ring.
She went on to explain that while she enjoyed her role as Smackdown General Manager, this wasn’t the position that WWE originally pitched for her:
“After retiring, I pitched to manage Ronda Rousey and Asuka. I’ve always pitched for Asuka because I think she is such an amazing athlete and a wonderful person, the only thing she really lacks is the microphone skills.
“Obviously I then had the GM role that I loved, but after that they offered me a role as a producer and I actually said yes. But after a few weeks I had to tell them I didn’t actually want to do that. It’s an amazing job, don’t get me wrong, but at 26/27, I still want to be in front of the camera and I don’t want to hang my boots up in that regard just yet.”
Paige also spoke about NXT UK, and revealed that she would like to appear for the brand. She noted that the company should “get their s*** together” and hire her brothers, both of whom are wrestlers:
“I would definitely do appearances for NXT UK, but I just want my brothers to be apart of it – Zack and Roy. I just think the WWE are dropping the ball when it comes to my brothers and I’m not just saying that being bias, but the movie came out and they’ve got this elevation right now, great gimmicks and they could be in NXT UK in a heartbeat.”
“And they want to do that. And I would love to go and make appearances, even if I’m the one that comes out and introduces my brothers to the NXT UK universe. It would be such a good moment for them. NXT UK need to get their s*** together and hire my brothers. My mum and dad could be producers too, come on, dudes!”
Thanks to WrestlingInc. for the transcription.