WWE Superstar Paige Reveals The Real Reason She's Been Suspended
The WWE have always made a habit of banning superstars for various things over the years.
Hulk Hogan and Chris Benoit aren't even reocgnised by the company anymore, following on from The Immortal's leaked racist comments, and The Wolverine's double homicide.
For those reasons you can see why their legacies have been wiped out by the promotion, but there have been other bans and temporary suspensions over the course of history.
The strict Wellness Policy of WWE, which was introduced in 2006, and includes cardiovascular testing, ImPACT, testing for brain function, substance abuse and drug testing, annual physicals, and health care referrals.
The policy makes sense, as it makes watching the events not only entertaining for fans, but also safe for competitors.
Some big names have fallen victim to it on many occasions, such as Jeff Hardy, Booker T, Edge, Kurt Angle, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Alberto Del Rio and Paige.
The last two were both suspended on the same day for 30 days back in August of last year. During the suspension, Del Rio, Paige's real life partner, parted ways with the company due to unhappiness within it.
Paige returned, but was then banned again, this time for 60 days, thanks to a second violation.
She's currently on the sidelines due to injury (though some believe she was banned due to her private images being leaked), but explained on a recent episode of Total Divas the real reason she was suspended.
In statements made by WWE they simply state that a wrestler has received a ban for violation of the Talent Wellness Programme., but don't provide details.
Many fans think that this implies that they've taken certain drugs, whether that be performance enhancers or recreational.
But Paige, who broke down crying when she received the news, said it was nothing to do with drugs.
"WWE posted a statement about me failing the wellness policy," she said on Total Divas. "We get drug tested all the time. First of all, I don't do drugs.
"Second of all, I did the test and I passed it. They're only suspending me because I didn't take it in the allotted time that they gave me."
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Paige, real name Saraya-Jade Bevis, has recently been caught up in another scandal, when private images and videos were stolen from her by hackers, and were posted online as a part of what's being called 'The Fappening 2.0'.
Paige admitted she made a mistake when it came to the leaks, but in an act of defiance, married her partner and fellow wrestler Alberto Del Rio.
The pair both took to social media to send a message to the hackers. Del Rio, now going by the name Alberto El Patron, took to Instagram to claim the couple are 'better and stronger than all of you pieces of shit', and confirming their wedding was still going ahead.
Paige took to Twitter to once again address the shit storm, posting a heartfelt message about her feelings towards the illicit images.
"I made a big mistake. Huge. I put trust in the hands of someone that took advantage of a young girl years ago," she wrote. "It was my mistake and I'll always take responsibility.
"The one thing that was the hardest was thinking 'my husband is gonna leave me', 'my family will disown me', but I'm blessed beyond words to have a family and a husband that stuck by me because they know who I am."
She continued: "As my husband says 'you may feel like the devil is throwing you into a storm, but just remember, you are the storm'. And he's right.
"But we are human. Unfortunately people don't see it that way when they are behind a keyboard. They don't think that we have feelings or that we don't suffer."
In the aftermath of the situation, Paige's mum, Saraya Knight, who is also in the wrestling business, took to Twitter to confirm the news and to let people know that she and her husband are very supportive of their daughter at this time.
She also said that a lawyer had been emailed with regards to the situation.
She wrote: "People get hacked, unfortunately my daughter had pictures and video shared from years ago, my husband and I support her 100% no fault of her own."
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