British WWE superstar Paige will never wrestle again due to her latest injury, according to reports.
The 25-year-old collapsed after being kicked in the back by Sasha Banks at a live event at the end of December.
The six-woman tag team match in Long Island was immediately stopped and she was pulled from competing in WWE.
It was believed she had suffered a ‘stinger’ – an impact injury to the head or neck, causing a stinging or burning sensation.
The former Divas Champion, from Norwich, England, hoped to return for the first women’s Royal Rumble match on January 28.
But according to pwinsider.com , the devastating nature of the problem has only just been revealed and will force her to retire.
The situation is reportedly similar to the circumstances that led to WWE Hall of Famer Edge’s abrupt medical disqualification from the ring.
Paige is said to have been informed this week that she will not be cleared to return to lead her new faction Absolution once more.
The development is a tragic blow for the young talent, who recently returned to Raw and put a year of misery behind her.
Last month Paige revealed she suffered “stress-induced anorexia” and considered suicide after sexually explicit videos of her were leaked.
The former NXT Women’s Champion also admitted her second WWE Wellness Policy violation in October 2016 was due to illegal drugs.
Paige returned to Raw in November as the leader of the new stable Absolution, after more than 16 months of frustration.
She received two Wellness Policy suspensions, underwent neck surgery and had sexually explicit content stolen and shared online.
The grappler, real name Saraya-Jade Bevis, also appeared to feature in a sex tape that seemingly included two male wrestlers.
In an episode of former WWE ring announcer Lilian Garcia’s podcast, Paige recounted her horror over the invasion of her privacy.
Paige said her former fiancé Alberto Del Rio’s children received abuse at school, while she was subject to “cyber bullying” making her want to kill herself.
She received a 30-day suspension for violating WWE’s Wellness Policy in August 2016 and a 60-day ban for a second breach two months later.
The 5ft 8in star said she denied any wrongdoing because she was seen as a role model and didn’t want to be known as a drug-using party girl.
Paige was also involved in an alleged domestic violence incident with Del Rio, aka Alberto el Patron, at a Florida airport in June, which did not result in any police charges.
The Anti-Diva suggested she had split with the 40-year-old – suspended by Impact Wrestling over the allegations – in November, which she later confirmed.
According to pwinsider, the groundbreaking star – a key figure in WWE’s ‘women’s evolution’ – may retain a non-active role with the company.
She will still likely be used to promote WWE Studios’ forthcoming film Fighting With My Family, which centres around her incredible story.
The Rock is producing the film, which is based on a 2012 Channel 4 documentary about Paige’s famous wrestling family, The Knights.
They have been competing in the ring and promoting the World Association of Wrestling promotion in Norfolk for decades.
Paige has spent her entire life immersed in the world of wrestling and began her in-ring career at the tender age of 13.
The film follows a fictionalised version of her path to WWE, including her Raw debut the night after WrestleMania 30, when she sensationally captured the Divas Championship from AJ Lee.
Directed by comedian Stephen Merchant, it will be released in cinemas on September 14 this year.