It was very sad to watch Paige deliver her retirement speech during the Raw after WrestleMania. The WWE Universe was well aware Paige was suffering from a spinal injury, but many were still speculative of her return. With her saying goodbye on Raw a couple of weeks ago, it seems to be clear Paige will not wrestle again. But to everyone’s surprise and delight, Paige showed up on Smackdown Live the night after her speech and was announced to be the new General Manager of the Blue Brand. But was this the right career move for her?
Paige mentioned in her retirement speech that Daniel Bryan coming back from his injury was a huge inspiration for her. Although her injury is totally different from what Bryan was suffering from, Paige has seemingly gone full DB by becoming Smackdown GM.
In my opinion, this is a fantastic move for her. Paige has proven over the years that she can work the microphone quite well, and even just by being the sidelined leader of Absolution over the past few months, she has shown she can perform without stepping into the ring.
Speaking of Absolution, in case you missed the Superstar Shake Up (don’t worry, it was lame), Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville have been moved over to Smackdown. I’ll admit, I was not on board with this team at all when they first debuted; but Rose and Deville have had incredibly solid outings over the past several weeks. The question will now be whether or not Paige will continue to stay aligned with those two women and potentially fill the role of a heel authority figure.
I can totally see Paige feeding Absolution with opportunities, and I would love that storyline so much. Paige works so much better as a heel, and it would be an interesting dynamic between her and Shane McMahon. Regardless, I don’t think any time will be wasted if, in fact, Paige turns heel.
Like most other cases of beloved superstars transferring into roles of authority, I would like to see Paige have some decent screen time. But Smackdown leadership since its inception has been exclusively baby face characters. I really hope creative switches things up and makes Paige the villain. This could be cool as well if her heelish ways extend beyond Absolution and into the male division, giving more opportunities to heel male superstars.
I’m just very happy to see that WWE has found a role for Paige and that her forced retirement didn’t end her tenure with the company. I hope they do interesting things with her, and not waste her value on lame TV spots. It should be a fun bounce back year for Smackdown; I can just feel it!
By: Patrick Gallagher