During the interview, Paige brought up how once she was told that she would no longer be the SmackDown General Manager, she had pitched to be the manager of former Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey.
That wasn’t meant to be as she later called by Paul Heyman with the idea to manage Asuka and Kairi Sane as a tag team on SmackDown.
“I was sad, because I loved that [General Manager] role. I had such a good time with it and it pushed my boundaries a little bit because I had multiple promos in a day and I wasn’t used to that. So it really helped me grow creatively and professionally. But I was excited about another role. I was like, “Okay, no worries,” because I knew the WWE would take care of me.
They always do. I pitched to manage Ronda Rousey, kind of like the Paul Heyman-Brock Lesnar thing. And then also be with Asuka, because Asuka had trouble speaking on the mic sometimes. As much as she’s an amazing athlete, an incredible wrestler, and I was like, “I’ll help her, give me the microphone, I’ll talk for her.” And then Paul Heyman called me one day and said, “We have a great role for you. You can be the next me with these two women.” I was like, “Wow, what a crazy tag team, they’re incredible…. Absolutely, I’ll take it!”