Paige Calls Her Time As SmackDown General Manager "A Beautiful Beginning"

Paige has gotten rave reviews during her short time as SmackDown General Manager.

Speaking to AMBY's Alicia Atout at BlackCraft Wrestling, Paige detailed how she became the General Manager of SmackDown, the night after retiring from in-ring competition on Raw. 

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"It was a surprise for me too. I knew it was coming -- a week prior to it they said, 'Hey, this might happen.' I lost my voice and they said, 'If you don't get your voice back to make this announcement, you won't be doing it at all.' I was drinking tea and trying my best to get my voice back.

"I got a text from one of the writers and they said, 'You have to stay at SmackDown tomorrow.' It was like putting salt in the wound. Just let me go home and cry. Once I turned up there, Road Dogg and the writers bombarded me and was like, 'This is happening. Be quiet. No one knows.' I was like, 'Really? This is great.' We walk out and it was great. I get goosebumps from the crowd. They're so supportive. I thought it was the end of me. It wasn't. It's a beautiful beginning. I love what I do now."

While Paige is enjoying her time as the authority figure on SmackDown, it has come with challenges. As the General Manager, Paige appears in multiple segments and has to keep up with everything going on. Paige explains that it can be a challenging role, remembering all her lines. 

"You have try and remember so much. Which is why I understand Kurt (Angle) now, how some people mess with us all the time like, 'They keep forgetting the line.' Well you try to remember full frickin scripts in ten minutes. You forget stuff. And sometimes you'll think about stuff too much and start tripping over your words. There is a lot to remember. I wouldn't change it for the world, but I'm like, 'Leave me alone, I'm just starting this job, alright?'"

Paige retired the night after WrestleMania 34 due to a neck injury. She took over the SmackDown General Manager role from Daniel Bryan, who returned to active competition at WrestleMania. 

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