Paige will turn 27 years old next month and she’s already lived out what most wrestling superstars can only dream of.
The Norwich-born star was the first ever Women’s NXT champion and won the Divas Championship on her first night on the WWE main roster, which was the first of her two reigns as champion.
Unfortunately, Paige’s recurring neck issues forced her to retire in 2018, but she seamlessly transitioned into a fantastic general manager for SmackDown Live and is now a manager for the Kabuki Warriors -Japanese stars Asuka and Kairi Sane.
And to top it all off a film about her life has already been made.
Fighting with My Family tells the tale of Paige’s rise from the British scene and her struggles and successes in WWE. The film has performed fantastically well at the box office and is now available on DVD.
talkSPORT.com caught up with the original anti-Diva and asked what it feels like to have a successful film made about your own life.
“I’m over the moon with it,” she started. “It was in good hands with Stephen Merchant writing and directing it and then obviously having Dwayne [Johnson] as a producer, it was just perfect. They were like, ‘we promise you we’re not going to spin your story any differently than it was, you’re going to love it’ and I was just like ‘it’s fine, but there’s a lot of s**t that happened [laughs].
“They did such an incredible job and I couldn’t have asked for it to be any better. Just the response for it was crazy – people loved it! People truly loved it and it was number one over in the UK and Europe and it did amazing over here in America – I’m just so happy for my family.
Stephen went to stay with my family and he said the script pretty much wrote itself with the stuff that was coming out of their mouths [laughs]. He was like, ‘I have to follow them around with a notepad’.”
Given Paige’s age and fanbase, walking away from the business altogether wasn’t an option following her retirement. Besides, with her family consumed by the business, it’s in her blood.
After she couldn’t wrestle anymore, she started talking with the WWE about what she could possibly do.
“After retiring, I pitched to manage Ronda Rousey and Asuka. I’ve always pitched for Asuka because I think she is such an amazing athlete and a wonderful person, the only thing she really lacks is the microphone skills.
“Obviously I then had the GM role that I loved, but after that they offered me a role as a producer and I actually said yes. But after a few weeks I had to tell them I didn’t actually want to do that. It’s an amazing job, don’t get me wrong, but at 26/27, I still want to be in front of the camera and I don’t want to hang my boots up in that regard just yet.”
The Knight family are synonymous with British wrestling and ran the successful Fightmare event in June.
Despite managing to carve out their own following, Paige believes WWE’s British arm – NXT UK – should recruit her brothers. Especially off the back of their portrayal in a major Hollywood film.
Given her status as one of Britain’s top wrestling exports ever, she’s certainly interested in coming home and featuring in NXT UK from time-to-time. But, she had a message for Triple H first.
“I would definitely do appearances for NXT UK, but I just want my brothers to be apart of it – Zack and Roy. I just think the WWE are dropping the ball when it comes to my brothers and I’m not just saying that being bias, but the movie came out and they’ve got this elevation right now, great gimmicks and they could be in NXT UK in a heartbeat. And they want to do that,” Paige stated. “And I would love to go and make appearances, even if I’m the one that comes out and introduces my brothers to the NXT UK universe. It would be such a good moment for them. NXT UK need to get their s**t together and hire my brothers.
“My mum and dad could be producers too, come on, dudes! [laughs].
Fighting With My Family is out to download and on DVD & Blu-ray from 1st July