Paige recently spoke with Alicia Atout for A Music Blog, Yea! in Pittsburgh to talk about various things including her in-ring retirement and transition to SmackDown GM. Here is what she had to say (transcript courtesy of WrestleZone):
“It was a surprise to me to because I knew it was coming, the week prior they said ‘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, I was doing my best to get my voice back, but we managed to do it, which was great, and they texted me—I got a text from one of the writers—like ‘OK you have to stay here for Smackdown tomorrow.’ [And I was like] ‘Just let me be!’ It was like putting salt in the wound.
It was good. Once I turned up there Road Dogg was literally on my right and bombarded me like ‘this is happening. Be quiet, no one knows.’ And I was like ‘Oh, really, this is great!’ And then we walked out, and it was great; I get goosebumps from the crowd. They’re so supportive. I thought it was the end for me, and then it wasn’t. It was a beautiful beginning, I love what I do now.”