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“They are incredible … really, really incredible,” she says. “One of my brothers (Zak) was at my WWE tryout. Unfortunately he didn’t get signed, but he’s still trying. Both of my brothers are trying to do it together so they can become a WWE tag team.”

So much, in fact, that she sent out resumes to companies throughout Europe. By the time she was 14, she was traveling by herself to shows in Norway, France, Germany, Denmark, Turkey and other locales, making a name for herself and gaining valuable experience along the way.

Paige, who had performed on Britain’s indy circuit as Britani Knight, would debut with FCW (now NXT) under the ring name Saraya, her own name and as a tribute to her mother. She joined developmental in a battle royal that included male competitors.

“When I was in England, I did a lot of wrestling and moves. Over here, they were like, ‘You don’t need to do that much. Save your body. Become an entertainer rather than a wrestler.’ And I wasn’t used to wrestling on TV and in front of huge crowds, so it was a big adjustment.”

“I got used to it. I know it seems weird. We actually went harder, because you don’t want people thinking we’re going light with each other. We would argue so much during our matches. I would actually be dropping F-bombs. Anytime she grounded me, I would just take it out on her in the ring,” she laughs.

“I watched so many matches that weekend. I even lost my voice. I had no idea something like that was going to come along,” says Paige, who did autograph signings and some exhibition matches against Charlotte during the pre-Wrestlemania event. “Sara Del Rey, the female trainer we have down at NXT, and Fit Finlay come up to me. Sarah says, ‘Hey, you’re doing something on the show tonight.’”

So Paige made her auspicious debut on the main roster one night after Wrestlemania 30 in New Orleans. She congratulated divas champ Lee on her successful title defense the night before, but when Lee slapped Paige and challenged her to a match that night, the stage was set.

“It was something I have wanted my entire wrestling career,” she says. “It was such a thrill just to have it (the belt) in my hands. I covered up my face, and I think I dropped an F-bomb. I was going through so many emotions. I think it was in the (video) packages they kept showing over and over for a couple of weeks. I don’t think they realized what I said.”

“It was mind-blowing. I was so lucky (working) with AJ because she’s very humble and she really helped me throughout the whole thing. Not just with wrestling primarily, but also backstage. She’s just been a very good friend. She’s the top diva you know.”

“What I get a lot from fans, is that our feud is very much like Batman and Joker,” Lee said in a recent interview. “I think its really interesting because we go back and forth on who is Batman and who is Joker. After Wrestlemania you had Paige, the hero in all black leather, stopping maniacal AJ, which was perfect.”

“They (WWE divas) should obviously be a role model. I just think that every girl should completely be themselves. With me, I don’t change. I feel like I have such a large fan base now, and that’s incredible. But there’s always women who reach out to me and kind of look up to me because I never change and I’m so different. I tell them to just be you. You don’t have to be like everyone else.”

“I’ve been in WWE three years now, but this is going to be my 10th year wrestling. And I just didn’t do wrestling. I did stunt work and everything. I have traveled the world by myself. People have a hard time believing that, especially people who didn’t know me before I made my debut. They were like, ‘Who’s this kid?’ But I love what I’m doing. Luckily I’m not jaded.”

“They’re so proud of me. Especially my dad … his whole Facebook page is like a shrine of me. He has his own wrestling company (World Association of Wrestling), and his gym is covered in posters of me. I’m very lucky to have the family I have. They’re very supportive.”