Saraya — formerly Paige in WWE — returned to the ring at AEW’s Full Gear pay-per-view and defeated former AEW Women’s World Champion Dr. Britt Baker, DMD It was Saraya’s first match since being forced to step away from the squared circle due to a serious neck injury sustained in 2017. While the former WWE Divas Champion did not get cleared to return to the ring during her final years with WWE , she did get the all-clear after signing with Tony Khan’s promotion. In response to online rumors surrounding how she was cleared, Saraya has addressed the process that ultimately led to her in-ring comeback.
“I feel I have to clear this up because I feel like the internet just creates their own stories about how I was cleared and who cleared me,” Saraya told the “AEW Unrestricted” podcast. “So people think I went to multiple doctors. I didn’t. I went to one doctor. You know, AEW doctors, Dr. Sampson, and also Tony Khan, they were like, ‘We can’t let you wrestle until we know you are a thousand percent cleared.’ They did it the right way.”
Saraya arrived in Khan’s promotion at “AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam” on September 21, three months after her WWE contract had reportedly expired. Her surprise appearance came following a fatal four-way match for the AEW Interim World Women’s Championship involving then-champion Toni Storm, Serena Deeb, Athena, and Baker. On the October 5 episode of “AEW Dynamite,” Saraya got physical with Baker after a heated verbal exchange, which ultimately led to their pay-per-view showdown.
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