PAIGE

Saraya-Jade Bevis

D.O.B: 17 August, 1992
Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, England
Height: 5’8″
Weight: 120lbs
Trained By: Roy Bevis, Klondyke Kate, Ricky Knight, Zak Zodiac, Saraya Knight, Sara del Rey
Family Ties: Saraya Knight (Mother), Ricky Knight (Father), Zak Zodiac (Brother), Alberto Del Rio (Fiance)
Twitter: @RealPaigeWWE

 

Early Life


Sarah-Jade Bevis was born in Norwich, Norfolk, England. She is the daughter of Ian Bevis and Julia Hamer-Bevis. She was in the ring before she was born, as her mother once wrestled a match completely unaware that she was seven months pregnant. Whilst growing up, Bevis was afraid of wrestling because she had seen the injuries that her family members had received while doing it. Instead of following in her family’s footsteps, the young Bevis wanted to become a zoologist. She began learning how to wrestle when she was ten, after her father began running a wrestling school. She would take the chance to learn from her brothers until she was thirteen, when she made her official debut as a wrestler. At the age of fifteen, she worked as a bouncer and bartender for her parent’s bar. She attended the Hewlett School in Norwich and graduated in 2008.

Professional Wrestling Career


Ring Names

European Circuit (2005-2011)

Bevis made her debut in 2005, aged thirteen, after her father asked her to fill in for a wrestler who no-showed. In 2006, using the ring-name Britani Knight, she teamed with her mother in a triple-threat tag team match for the World Association of Wrestling promotion. They lost the match. Knight then aligned herself with Melodi, to form a team called The Norfolk Dolls. The team would go on to wrestle for several English promotions.

In June 2007, The Norfolk Dolls defeated the Legion of Womb, to become the WAWW Tag Team Champions. The title would however, become inactive as the Norfolk Dolls didn’t defend it.

At the age of fourteen, Knight began trying to broaden her wrestling horizons and sent out resumes to a number of European wrestling promotions. This allowed her to work in countries such as Germany, Norway, Denmark, Turkey, France, Belgium, Wales and Scotland. She also worked in the United States, after she made her own way there aged fourteen.

Knight then began pursuing a singles career, originally with little success. She competed for the World Wide Wrestling League Women’s Championship in 2007, whilst in Scotland, but was defeated by Sara in the tournament final.

She suffered the same fate in the WAWW British Championship finals in December 2007, this time falling short to Jetta.

In 2008, Knight challenged both Sara and Jetta for the titles but failed to win either of them.

In 2009, she began to have a little more success. She became the Herts of Essex Women’s Champion in August, after defeating her mother, Sweet Saraya in a best 2-out-of-3 falls match. Later in the month she defeated Saraya again, this time to become the WAWW British Champion. In November, she defeated Saraya, Chelsey Love and Stacey Barbie in a Fatal-4-Way elimination match, to become the Real Deal Wrestling Women’s Champion. In December 2009, she defeated Jetta in a champion vs champion match to become the RQW Women’s Champion.

In May 2010, Knight and her mother defeated Amazon and Ananya in a tag team match to become the PWF Ladies Tag Team Champions. Two months later, Knight lost the HEW Women’s Championship to her mother.

On January 22nd, 2011, Knight defeated Blue Nikita to become the German Stampede Wrestling Ladies Champion. On March 11th, she defeated her mother to regain the HEW Women’s Championship.

On April 8th, Knight returned to Pro Wrestling: EVE to participate in a two-night tournament to crown the inaugural Pro-Wrestling: EVE Champion. She lost a four-way match on the opening night, but later won a last chance battle royal to advance to the quarter finals. In the quarter finals she defeated Sjödin to advance to day two. On the second day, she defeated Jetta in the semi-finals and then went on to defeat Nikki Storm in the final to become the inaugural Pro-Wrestling: Eve Champion.

On April 30th, Knight defeated Amy Cooper to become the SCW Ladies Champion. Also in 2011, she won an elimination match to become the WAWW Hardcore Champion.

On June 4th, Knight lost her Pro-Wrestling: EVE championship to Jenny Sjödin. On June 26th, she lost her SCW Ladies championship to her mother in a four-way match.

On August 2nd, Knight and her mother lost the PWF Ladies Tag Team Championship to Amazon and Destiny in a best 2-out-of-3 falls match.

On November 12th, Knight vacated the HEW Women’s Championship. On the 19th November 2011, Knight lost the WAWW British Championship to Liberty. On the same day, she vacated the RQW Women’s Championship.

SHIMMER (2011)

Bevis, still using the ring-name Britani Knight, made her debut for the all-female promotion Shimmer Women Athletes on the 26th March at Volume 37. She teamed with her mother Saraya Knight. They called themselves The Knight Dynasty and were managed by Rebecca Knox. They defeated Nikki Roxx and Ariel. This led to a match against the Seven Star Sisters at Volume 38, for the Shimmer Tag Team Championship, which they lost.

At Volume 42, The Knight Dynasty received another Shimmer Tag Team Championship match against Ayako Hamada and Ayumi Kurihara. During the match, Saraya refused to help Britani and they lost the match. After the match, Saraya blamed Britani for the loss. At Volume 43, Britani lost to Jessie McKay. After her third consecutive loss, Britani entered into a storyline which saw her mother disown her. This led to a no-disqualification match between the two at Volume 44, which was won by Britani. This was her final match in Shimmer.

Florida Championship Wrestling (2011-2012)

In 2010, Bevis had an unsuccessful try-out with WWE, but she re-tried in April 2011 and was successful. In September 2011, Bevis was signed by WWE and assigned to their developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling.

She made her debut for FCW on January 5th 2012, at an FCW house show, using the ring-name Saraya.

Her televised debut came on the 26th February on FCW TV, she was now using the ring-name Paige.

In March 2012, Paige formed an alliance with Sofia Cortez, they were known as the ‘Anti-Diva Army‘. In their first match they were defeated by Audrey Marie and Kaitlyn.

On May 6th, Paige defeated FCW Divas Champion Raquel Diaz and Audrey Marie in a triple threat match to earn herself a shot at the FCW Divas Championship. She received her title shot on the 27th May episode of FCW TV, where she lost via disqualification. The alliance between Cortez and Paige came to an end after Cortez interfered in Paige’s match and attacked her.

NXT (2012-2014)

When WWE re-branded FCW into NXT, Paige became an NXT performer. Her NXT debut came on the third episode of WWE NXT, when she defeated Sofia Cortez. The NXT crowd took to Paige, and her support propelled her on a winning streak over the next few weeks, that saw her picking up wins against Audrey Marie, Emma, Sasha Banks, Aksana and Alicia Fox.

Paige’s popularity led to a jealous Summer Rae attacking her on the 30th January, 2013. On the February 13th episode of NXT, Summer Rae exploited Paige’s injured shoulder to put an end to her winning streak. This led to a feud between the two.

In June, Paige entered a tournament to crown the inaugural NXT Women’s Champion. She made it to the final after defeating Tamina Snuka and Alicia Fox. In the final, Paige took on Emma and defeated her to win the championship.

On the August 14th episode of NXT, Paige defended her title for the first time, against rival Summer Rae. Following this match, Paige teamed up with Emma in a feud with Summer Rae and Sasha Banks.

Paige’s next title defense came against Natalya on the 4th December, which she won, and then she successfully defended the title again at NXT Arrival against Emma.

On April 24th, Paige was forced to vacate the NXT Women’s Championship due to her call up to the main roster.

WWE Main Roster; Divas Champion (2014-2015)

The night after Wrestlemania XXX, Paige debuted on the WWE Main roster. She came to congratulate the WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee on a successful title defense the night before. AJ didn’t take too kindly to the interruption and slapped Paige, challenging her to a match for the title. No sooner had the match started than Paige had shocked the WWE Universe and pinned AJ to become the new WWE Divas Champion. By winning the Divas championship, Paige at age twenty-one, became the youngest WWE Divas champion in the company’s history. She also became the only woman to win the title on her debut and the only woman to hold both the NXT Women’s Championship and the WWE Divas Championship.

Her first defense of the title came on the April 28th episode of RAW, against Brie Bella. Paige won the match by disqualification after Kane attacked Brie.

At Extreme Rules, Paige successfully defended the title against Tamina Snuka.

On the May 19th episode of RAW, Paige was defeated in a non-title match by Alicia Fox, this led to a title match between the two at Payback, which was won by Paige. In June, Paige began a feud with Cameron and defeated her in two consecutive non-title matches, before losing to Cameron’s tag team partner Naomi in another non-title match. Naomi’s victory earned her a title shot against Paige at Money In The Bank, which Paige won.

Losing the Divas Championship; Frenemies with AJ; Regaining the Title

The following night, AJ Lee returned the favor and quickly defeated Paige in a title match to regain the title.

Despite the defeat, Paige began acting as if she and AJ were best friends. She also began playing an unpredictable character, who could change her attitude on a dime. This led to an uncomfortable relationship between Paige and AJ, when they became known as ‘Frenemies’.

At Battleground, Paige was defeated by AJ in a rematch for the Divas Championship. The following night, Paige and AJ teamed together to defeat Natalya and Emma. After the match, Paige turned heel and attacked AJ. This led to another match between the two for the Divas championship at SummerSlam, on Paige’s twenty-second birthday.

At SummerSlam, Paige defeated AJ to become the WWE Divas Champion for the second time.

At Night of Champions, Paige lost the title back to AJ in a triple threat match that also involved Nikki Bella. Paige then aligned herself with Alicia Fox, with the intention of getting Paige’s title back. However, at Hell In A Cell, Fox failed to help Paige regain the title. The following night on RAW, Paige attacked Fox and ended their alliance.

Various Feuds (2015-Present)

On January 5th 2015, Paige rescued Natalya from an attack by WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella. This turned Paige babyface once again. At the Royal Rumble, Paige and Natalya were defeated by The Bella Twins in a tag team match. Paige then unsuccessfully challenged Nikki Bella for the Divas Championship at Fastlane.

On the March 2nd episode of RAW, a returning AJ Lee saved Paige from an attack by the Bella’s, this led to a match between the two teams at Wrestlemania 31. The match was won by Paige and AJ.

On the April 13th episode of RAW, Paige won a battle royal to become the number one contender for the Divas championship, but was attacked by Naomi, stopping her from participating in the match. After a month’s absence, Paige returned to TV and saved Nikki Bella from an attack by Naomi and Tamina Snuka. After she had saved Bella, she went on to attack her as well. This led to a match between Paige, Nikki Bella and Naomi for the Divas Championship at Elimination Chamber, which Nikki won. In June Paige faced Nikki for the Divas Championship at Money In The Bank. Nikki won the match after Brie switched places with her. At Beast In The East, Paige was involved in a triple threat match with Tamina and Nikki Bella, which was won by Nikki.

On the July 13th episode of RAW, Stephanie McMahon called for a revolution in the Divas division. As a part of that revolution, McMahon called up Charlotte and Becky Lynch from the NXT roster to join with Paige in a team called Team PCB. She also called up Sasha Banks to join forces with Tamina and Naomi to form Team B.A.D.

At SummerSlam, Team PCB defeated Team B.A.D. and Team Bella in a three way elimination match. On the 31st August episode of RAW, Team PCB participated in a ‘Beat The Clock Challenge’ to determine the new number one contender for the Divas championship. The challenge was won by Charlotte.

At Night of Champions, Charlotte defeated Nikki Bella to become the new Divas champion. The following night on RAW, during Charlotte’s celebration, Paige took the microphone and said that Charlotte was only the Divas champion because of who her father is, and then told Becky Lynch that she was the least relevant of them all. Although, this teased a heel turn for Paige, she would continue to work as a tweener throughout October, where she would appear apologetic towards Charlotte and Becky. Paige eventually solidified her heel turn by attacking both Charlotte and Becky.

In November, Paige won a fatal-4-way match to became the number one contender for Charlotte’s Divas Championship. She would receive her title shot at Survivor Series, but was unsuccessful in winning the championship. The following night on RAW, she received a rematch, but the match ended in a double count-out. At TLC, the two would face-off once again for the Divas championship, with Charlotte once again coming out on top.

Once her rivalry with Charlotte had ended, Paige took some time off TV due to a concussion. She returned on the January 18th episode of RAW, accompanying the also returning Natalya to ringside for her match against Brie Bella.

On the 15th February episode of RAW, Paige was defeated by Summer Rae, after Summer rolled her up for a surprise three count.

On the March 22 episode of Main Event, Emma, alongside Summer Rae attacked Alicia Fox and Natalya during a match between Paige and Naomi. This aligned Emma and Summer with Naomi, Tamina and Lana, with the group calling themselves Team B.A.D. & Blonde.

The following week on RAW, Emma defeated Paige in her return match. After the match Team B.A.D. and Blonde once again attacked, this time however, Eva Marie evened up the sides, causing a 10-Diva Tag Team match to be set for Wrestlemania 32.

At Wrestlemania 32, the Total Divas defeated Team B.A.D. & Blonde, after Naomi tapped-out to Brie Bella’s Yes-Lock.

Other Media


In July 2012, Channel 4 produced a documentary about the Bevis family titled, The Wrestlers: Fighting with my Family.

Paige has appeared in two WWE Video games her debut came in WWE 2K15. She has since appeared in WWE 2K16.

Paige joined the main cast for the second series of WWE reality TV show Total Divas.

In March 2015, she appeared alongside Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins and Xavier Woods in Smosh’s 131st installment of Game Bang.

Paige is a regular frequenter of Wizard World Comic Com events.

In June 2015, Paige joined the judging panel for WWE Tough Enough Season 6.

On the 3rd August, 2015, Paige was a guest on the WWE Network special edition of ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin’s podcast. She also appeared on Conan on the 22nd October.

She also appeared in WWE Studios film Santa’s Little Helper, as well as guest starring in the MTV series Ridiculousness.

Filmography


Film

Year Title Role
2015 Santa’s Little Helper Eleanor

Television

Year Title Role
2015-Present Total Divas Herself
2016 Ridiculousness Herself
2015 WWE Tough Enough Season 6 Herself/Judge
2012 The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family Herself

WWE Network

Year Title Role
2015 Stone Cold Podcast Herself

Business Ventures


In September 2015, Bevis, along with Blackcraft Cult Clothing owners Bobby Schubenski and Jim Somers, co-launched a coffee company called The Dark Gypsy.

Personal Life


Bevis’ mother, Julia, father, Ian and brothers, Roy and Zak are all professional wrestlers. The family run the World Association of Wrestling promotion out of Norwich England. Her mother also owns Bellatrix Female Warriors. WWE Hall of Famer, Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts once lived with the family.

She says that her favorite wrestlers growing up included; ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, Rikishi, Lita, Alundra Blayze and Bull Nakano.

A WWE trainer noticed that her back ‘looked wrong’ and further testing revealed that she suffers from Scoliosis.

On Total Divas, it was revealed that Bevis had previously ‘been with’ another women. The series also featured her relationship with Emarosa singer Bradley Walden.

She was in a relationship with A Day To Remember guitarist Kevin Skaff from May 2015 to February 2016.

In May 2016, it was reported that Paige was dating fellow WWE wrestler Alberto Del Rio. The pair were married on March 29, 2017.

On March 17, 2017, Paige confirmed via her Twitter account, that several of her private photos and videos had been stolen and shared publicly without her consent. The photos showed her in several stages of undress, and the video depicted the star performing sex acts with former WWE star Brad Maddox and former WWE Tag Team Champion, Xavier Woods.

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