Saraya (formerly known as Paige), who left the WWE, has now publicly discussed the prospect of appearing in AEW. When her contract with WWE expired and the organization opted not to re-sign her, Saraya formally quit the company on July 7. The former WWE Divas champion acknowledged that, despite reports, she won’t be joining AEW “anytime soon” and that she is presently working on a book.
Fans began to speculate about whether she might join AEW right away, as is typical for most people who leave WWE. After acting as General Manager of Smackdown and in a management capacity for Asuka & Kairi Sane, Saraya was forced to resign in December 2017 as a result of a neck injury. She hasn’t been on television since March 2020.
Recent update comes from a podcast
At Starrcast V, Saraya gave an update on her future after leaving WWE on her live podcast, “Saraya: Turning The Page.”
”I’m now writing a book, which I’m incredibly pleased about, said Saraya. We’ve written a book, but it won’t be available until next year. That is currently being written. We are engaged in other activities, but I am not now permitted to speak. Sorry folks, it’s not wrestling-related. I won’t be visiting AEW any time soon. AEW seems excellent. Love the AEW. If the opportunity ever arises, I would adore going up against Britt Baker; it would be fantastic. Everyone I know is there right now.”
Saraya recently identified former AEW Women’s World Champion Britt Baker as one of her dream opponents, and she seemed open to the challenge.
What went down in her career?
Saraya last competed on December 27, 2017, when she teamed up with Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville to take on Bayley, Mickie James, and Sasha Banks in a six-woman tag match.
Saraya was injured during the fight when Banks kicked her in the upper back and neck region.
”It was quite terrible to have your career ended against your will and have to retire when I didn’t want to. After my neck was kicked during the live event bout, I already knew. After I descended, I thought, “This is it; my career is over.” I was unable to feel my body. I lost control of my leg and limbs. Then, as I laid there motionless, I looked up at the referee and said, “I can’t feel my body; I’m now paralyzed.”
Saraya reaffirmed that she had no bad feelings for Banks. Saraya claims it was a mistake on her part to believe she could carry out the same actions and make the same movements as she had done following her initial neck surgery.
She was at the company for 11 years before announcing her resignation in June 2022 but actually departing in July. Saraya held many WWE titles throughout her career, including Divas Champion, NXT Women’s Champion, and SmackDown General Manager.
Fans will undoubtedly be hopeful that she gets approved for a future return to the ring now that she is out of the WWE and the restrictions of their health policy.
We are curious to see where Saraya turns up next.