Paige Talks AJ Lee Returning to WWE, Who She Wants to Wrestle, Ronda Rousey, Emma’s In-Ring Ability & More

Nick Paglino

paigeWWE Divas Champion Paige recently did an interview with Digital Spy promote the current international tour, and below are some highlights:

You've been destroying everyone in the ring since that Raw, apart from AJ who's been absent – how much are you looking forward to her returning and demanding a rematch?

"If she does come, great! I can't wait, because then it gives me more competition and I know she's going to be coming straight after me. She's going to be full of anger and she's going to be better than ever. The girls so far have given me a great fight. Alicia Fox on Raw the other day really, really stuck it to me! But I still came out victorious. Tamina's always been very dominating so I've really had a good run so far – so I look forward to AJ one day."

You worked in FCW and also in NXT – how much has having NXT revolutionised the company from a wrestler's perspective?

"NXT as a whole is fantastic. When I first started we didn't have the TV. We had to try and start again and build our brand and no-one really knew us. We were doing the live events and training every day. When Triple H took it over and made it his baby he really, really jumpstarted it for us. I got a large fanbase just from NXT itself. It's an amazing brand. NXT's really, really helping. Everyone really enjoys it. It's a really short show and it's full of wrestling and people love the wrestling side of things too. They get what they want on Raw, they get what they want on NXT. I think it helps having NXT – you get to see the young talent before they come up here – it's great for everyone."

You won the NXT belt by beating Emma - what do you think of her transition to the main roster, and are we getting to see enough of her actually in the ring?

"Emma is incredible, first of all. I really enjoyed every single match I had with her and she deserves everything that she's getting so far. She's really, really working hard – she's definitely a workhorse. She's just really happy. People have seen what she can do but not what she's so freaking fantastic at. It's good that people are seeing it bit by bit. If we just saw it all in our face already, people are going to get tired quickly. The way she's growing at the minute, she's doing great. You haven't seen the best of her yet, definitely not."

If you could wrestle anyone in history – they don't have to be another wrestler – who would it be and why?

"Non-wrestlers, it'd be [UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion] Ronda Rousey, because she's a badass and she's a big wrestling fan anyway. Wrestling-wise I've wrestled a lot of the girls that I've really wanted to, like Natalya and Emma. I'd love to wrestle Lita, and Bull Nakano is one of my big inspirations."

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