(born 17 August 1992) is an English professional wrestler known previously as Britani Knight
. She made her first debut for the World Association Of Wrestling Academy at age 13, when she was asked to fill in for another wrestler who could not make a show. She has since competed for various European promotions and was invited to work for SHIMMER
in 2011. She signed to WWE
later that year, where she performs on the main roster and in its developmental territory, NXT
, under the ring name Paige
Britani Knight has won the Herts & Essex Wrestling Women's Championship, the Real Quality Wrestling Women's Championship, the German Stampede Wrestling Women's Championship, the Pro Wrestling EVE Championship, the World Association Of Wrestling Ladies Hardcore Title and The Swiss Championship Wrestling Ladies Championship. Britani also won the Pro Wrestling Fighters Ladies Tag Team Championships with Sweet Saraya and the WAWW Tag Team Titles with Melodi. Paige briefly held the WWE Divas Championship and the NXT Women's championship at the same time, marking the first time that an individual held titles in both leagues simultaneously.
She is a two-time Divas Champion, having defeated AJ Lee on her debut on Raw (though she lost it when AJ returned three months later) and then again at SummerSlam 2014
(though she lost it again at Night of Champions 2014
As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki
"The Enchanting Raven-Troped Index":
- She then continued with:
It's not like I hate you
I like you a bunch!
But you just have that face
That I wanna punch
I'll see you this Sunday!
But this part is vital
I'll be skipping my way out of SummerSlam
With my Divas Title
- Rule-Abiding Rebel: Calling herself the 'Anti-Diva' and claiming to defy the usual standards for females in WWE. Yet the only un-Divaish thing about her is the lack of tan and styled hair - which serves to give her an Unkempt Beauty and Raven Hair, Ivory Skin. So she's essentially still providing Fanservice in a different hipster sort of way. She's also now providing Les Yay in her feud with AJ Lee and crawling suggestively over her opponents in matches.
- Screaming Warrior:
- In Britani's case, it was the screaming of an impatient teen frustrated at not getting her way.
- Paige usually lets out a Battle Cry before and during matches.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She wisely fled the ring after Kane interrupted her match with Brie Bella and tried to abduct Brie.
- Shared Family Quirks: Britani seems to have developed her own antagonism toward Cheerleader Melissa and Christina Von Eerie without any help from her mother. Not that Sweet Saraya was uninterested in the former case— she just made it worse. Like Saraya, Britani also loved low blows.
- Signature Move: Britani's were a rope hung Boston crab, a sidekick called Stan Lane and a basement dropkick.
- Skip of Innocence: Copied from AJ Lee to psych her out during their feud.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: "Stars in the Night" fit Paige's stone-cold badass gimmick beautifully, but doesn't exactly suit the weaker, AJ-lite gimmick she is currently saddled with. The contrast between music and character is made painfully obvious whenever Paige does her AJ skip.
- Stalker with a Crush: Her debut in FCW indicated that she had some sort of vested interest in Seth Rollins, but this characterization for Paige was phased out fairly quickly. Her description on Chris Jericho's podcast of the promos Dusty Rhodes had her practicing in developmental confirm that it was meant to be a romantic angle.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Her relationship with AJ Lee in their feud is a PG version of Mickie James and Trish Stratus' infamous feud, with AJ as Trish and Paige as Mickie.
- Tag Team:
- (in Europe): The Norfolk Dolls, with Melodi.
- (in SHIMMER): The Knight Dynasty, with her mother, 'Sweet' Saraya Knight.
- (in FCW) The Anti-Diva Army, with Sofia Cortez, the two of them being suspiciously similar substitutes for Serena Deeb.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After winning the Divas Championship. Unfortunately, though understandably, some think that this has led to Badass Decay—- especially combined with the more formulaic nature of her matches on the main roster.
- Tournament Arc: She's had a few.
- Britani had been in a few but the first she won was small, a four-person tournament on June 20th 2010 for The World Association Of Wrestling, knocking off Sweet Saraya in the finals.
- The first one that got her a belt was during September of the next year for Pro Wrestling Eve, denying Nikki Storm in the finals.
- Was crowned the first NXT Women's Champion after beating Emma.
- Underestimating Badassery:
- Seems to be a common theme with the Divas, as they repeatedly write Paige off as some rookie who got a fluke win. Most notably, AJ Lee took her too lightly and lost her first Divas Championship because of it. Cameron in particular tends to look down on Paige; she repeatedly calls Paige a rookie, despite Paige having a damn sight more experience than her— which is canon, too, with Michael Cole & JBL outright referring to Paige's real-life background as a part of a Wrestling Family— and insists Paige's victories over herself are flukes, though Paige says it happening more once shows that they were anything but.
- Since Booker T replaced Jerry Lawler on the RAW announce team at the start of 2015, Booker has routinely refered to Paige as a rookie each week despite Paige's background of essentially growing up in a wrestling ring thanks to being part of a Wrestling Family being long established on WWE telvision; and even ignoring that, Paige was already a two time Divas champion by the time Booker joined the announce team.
- Unflinching Walk: Paige walking away from an exploding car in the SummerSlam 2014 trailer. Also has some shades of a Sexy Walk. (An Unflinchingly Sexy Walk?)
- We Used to Be Friends: Faced her FCW teammate Sofia Cortez on her first NXT match.
- Wild Card: Is really only a face because the fans cheer for her. She's not exactly bosom buddies with the other face Divas.
- Woman in Black: Her old NXT and current WWE ring gear. It's essentially the same outfit described in Purple Is Powerful, but black and with matching black gloves. The top also has metallic studs.
- Worthy Opponent: Acknowledged Naomi as this. Previously on NXT she also acknowledged Sasha Banks as this too - however Sasha turned out to be rather a sore loser.
- Wrestling Family:
- Her entire family wrestle as the Knights. Speaking of which…
- Her mother apparently had no idea she was pregnant with Paige and wrestled up to her sixth month. Paige was literally in the ring before she was even born.
- You Look Familiar: Britani Knight's dark side is well-established now!