WWE news: Paige released from WWE as contract expires on 7th July

Paige disclosed why WWE didn't re-sign her, said she Hasn't been cleared but is feeling good.

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By Blesson Daniel | Jun 12, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us


Paige stated on Friday that her stint with WWE would come to an end on July 7. Paige hasn’t wrestled since sustaining a neck injury in December 2017. She went on to become the General Manager of SmackDown, a manager, and a presence on WWE Backstage after her in-ring career ended. She hasn’t been on WWE TV since Skypeing into WWE SmackDown in March 2020. Paige spoke out about WWE’s decision not to renew her contract on her Twitch feed.

She said, “I knew it was coming eventually. Getting the, ‘Hey, can I call you? I’m at SmackDown though.’ I’m like, ‘That leaves no room for negotiation. They’re probably not going to renew it.’ I had a feeling for awhile. I’m appreciative of WWE. They helped me so much, more than just wrestling. They got me a therapist when I was having drinking and alcohol issues. They kept me, even after my neck surgery, just sitting on my ass. I really appreciate that. I feel like I had so much left to give there as someone who can cut a decent promo and do a managerial role. It is what it is. “I’m not leaving because I want to, they just don’t want to re-sign my contract. I completely understand. There is no hard feelings.”

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Paige doesn’t have a non-compete clause

Paige stated that she doesn’t have a non-compete clause because her contracts must have expired by now, and that it isn’t a release. She said, “If you don’t renew the contract then, I don’t think there’s any non-compete clause. That’s not what I was told on the phone. We’re having a normal conversation and it’s like, ‘So, we’re not gonna renew your contract.’ I texted Vince (McMahon), he texted back. Everyone was respectful about it. It’s a bummer. They are keeping the door open, both Vince and Johnny [John Laurinaitis] said they’ll keep the door open, but that’s usually what companies say. I do feel if I ever went back, it would make it more special. If WWE ever asked me to do something, it would be that much more special. There’s nothing I can do, I wish I could stay longer. WWE doesn’t want to re-sign me. It’s not my decision. I don’t want anyone to think it’s my decision to walk away.”