Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Saraya-Jade Bevis (born 17 August 1992) is an English professional wrestler, better known by her former ring name Britani Knight. She is signed to WWE, where she performs in its developmental territory NXT Wrestling as the current NXT Women's Champion under the ring name Paige.

Bevis is part of a professional wrestling family. Her parents, Sweet Saraya and Ricky Knight, are professional wrestlers, as are her older brothers, Roy and Zak. The family runs the World Association of Wrestling (WAW) promotion. In July 2012, Channel 4 produced a documentary about the Knights entitled The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family.

Bevis received try-outs with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in November 2010 and April 2011. In September 2011, it was reported that Bevis had signed a contract with WWE and would report to their developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW).

Bevis made her debut for FCW at a house show on 5 January 2012, using the ring name Saraya. Bevis' ring name was then changed to Paige as she made her television debut in a backstage appearance on the 26 February episode of FCW TV. From March 2012, Paige formed an alliance with Sofia Cortez, dubbing themselves as the Anti-Diva Army. On the 19 March episode of FCW TV, Paige made her televised in-ring debut in a tag team match alongside Cortez, which the duo lost to Audrey Marie and Kaitlyn. Paige and Cortez then formed a brief association with Rick Victor.

On the 6 May episode of FCW TV, Paige pinned Raquel Diaz, the FCW Divas Champion in a non-title triple threat match, which also involved Audrey Marie. This earned Paige a title shot against Diaz on the 27 May episode of FCW TV, where Diaz's chicanery led to Paige being disqualified and Diaz retained her title. Dissension was teased within the Anti-Diva Army as Paige moved on to feud with Audrey Marie; Paige lost to Marie on the 10 June episode of FCW TV after Cortez interfered against her, signalling the end of the alliance. On the 1 July episode of FCW TV, Paige was disqualified during a match with Marie. On the final episode of FCW TV on 15 July, Paige and Marie ended their feud with Marie victorious in a no disqualification match.

WWE went on to rebrand its developmental territory, FCW, into NXT Wrestling. Paige's NXT television debut took place on the third episode of the rebooted WWE NXT taped at Full Sail University, where she lost to Sofia Cortez. From September 2012, after gaining a large surge in crowd support, Paige would go on a singles winning streak defeating the likes of Audrey Marie, Sasha Banks, Emma, Aksana, and notably multiple wins over former WWE Divas Champion Alicia Fox.

On the 30 January episode of NXT, Paige was attacked by ring announcer Summer Rae due to Rae's jealousy of Paige's popularity and success. On the 13 February episode of NXT, a vengeful Paige interrupted a scheduled match to attack Rae, but suffered a shoulder injury in the process, which Rae exploited later that episode to defeat Paige in a match. Paige returned to NXT on the 13 March edition, following a match between rival Summer Rae and Emma, and cleared Summer from the ring. On the 3 April episode of NXT, Paige teamed with Sasha Banks to defeat Summer Rae and Audrey Marie after Summer walked out on Audrey Marie. On the 17 April episode of NXT while Paige was challenging Summer to a match, Summer attacked Paige backstage & accepted the challenge.

Paige finally faced off in singles competition against Rae in a singles match on the 1 May episode of NXT, where Paige emerged victorious despite Rae's pre-match attack on Paige during her entrance. On the 15 May episode of NXT, Paige attempted to distract Rae but failed in the process Rae emerged victorious. On 5 June, edition of NXT, Paige defeated Tamina Snuka in first round to advance to the semi-finals in the NXT women's championship tournament. On the 3 July episode of NXT, Paige defeated Alicia Fox with the Paige Turner to advance in the NXT Women’s Championship tournament. On the 24 July episode of NXT, Paige defeated Emma to be crowned the first-ever NXT Women's Champion.

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