Saraya-Jade Bevis (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":
Abusive Parents: While they had previous periods of somewhat getting along, "Sweet" Saraya was not a kind mother to her during their time in SHIMMER, to say the least. She had very high standards for Britani; when Britani didn't meet them, heads rolled. Or, to be more exact, daughters were hit and flat-out disowned.
All of the Other Reindeer: Alicia Fox told her before a match that none of the other Divas like her at all, so she should leave. Whether it's true or not is yet to be seen, but Paige definitely hasn't been out to make friends during her time on the main roster.
Summer Rae on FCW / NXT. The roots for this started back during her brief "mysterious stalker" angle with Seth Rollins in FCW when Paige attacked Summer for trying to interfere on Brad Maddox's behalf against Rollins, but really kicked off in NXT when Summer, then a ring announcer, took offense to Paige bumping into her and retaliated violently.
It looks like AJ Lee is building up to be this for Paige on WWE's main roster, due to how much both women treasure the Divas's Championship. All Divas want the championship, but AJ (who successfully defended her title against the entire Divas roster in a free-for-all at Wrestlemania XXX) and Paige (who did take the title off AJ, only one night after aforementioned free-for-all, in Paige's debut, in a singles match she won with one move) are the top competitors and effectively each other's rivals.
Artistic License - Geography: While Britani Knight was beating on Angela Fong she ranted about the USA being pathetic, seemingly oblivious to the fact Angela is Canadian and in kayfabe was billed from Hong Kong China.
Awesome, yet Impractical: Her submission finisher, the Paige Tap Out/Scorpion Cross Lock. It looks awesome and when she locks it in, her opponent is going to have a hard time getting out of it. It edges into impracticality because it's a difficult move to lock in, leaving Paige open to attack whilst she tries to set the move up.
Badass: Ladies, please. For your own sakes, don't piss Paige off and don't stand in her way. You will spend your entire stay at a hospital regretting it.
Bare Your Midriff: She's wrestled almost exclusively in a two piece since coming to USA
Batman Gambit: JBL suggested that Paige never went onto WWE to congratulate AJ, she went there to goad AJ into a match so she could take her title. Whether this is anywhere close to the truth or not is unknown. Regardless of whether the gambit was intentional or not, Paige ends up having it turned on her by a returning AJ on the 6/30/14 Raw and losing the belt back to her.
Battle Cry: Usually lets one out as she enters the ring, and often during matches as well.
Boring, but Practical: The Paige-Turner, a swinging leg hook fireman's carry slam. It's essentially Paige grabbing an opponent's leg and swinging it out from under them, dropping them on their head.
But Not Too White: Defied, to the point that Sheamus looks tan in comparison. Lampshaded by commentary on 4/14/14 RAW when they note that she and Sheamus probably go to the same tanning salon, and later joke that they should become a pasty-skinned couple.
Butt Monkey: Not only was Britani kicked around by just about every person in Shimmer she came across, but Shine's video packages also used footage of wrestlers kicking her around despite having yet to invite her to compete (and seeing how she hooked up with a neighboring promotion that has ties up North, possibly never will).
Dark Is Not Evil: Despite a look that wouldn't have been too out of place as part of the Ascension (or the Attitude Era's Ministry of Darkness, for that matter), Paige has stayed a Face her entire time in NXT.
Dark Is Evil: In FCW before NXT and Popularity Power kicked in. Despite this, the closest she got to being a member of Ascension was hanging out with Raquel Diaz after the latter had just quietly left them and Rick Victor over a year before he would join. In addition, 2014 marks her first heel turn.
Determinator: Paige's thing seems to be hanging on through beatings long enough to hit the Paige Turner, starting with her unexpected counter to AJ's Black Widow.
Downer Beginning: Yes, even given Britani Knight's status, 2011 was harsh. She had the most losses in her career since the two years following Norfolk Dolls breakup, losing six championships and only getting one singles win in Shimmer, which happened to be the violent end of the Knight Dynasty, leaving her in a foreign land without allies. But then she made a little deal with a promotion in Florida which would change everything. Britani's downward spiral was Paige's beginning.
Early-Installment Weirdness: Videos from live events when she first signed with the company show her with a tan, performing as "Saraya" and playing the clownish heel she normally played in SHIMMER as opposed to her Badass persona now.
When interviewed about the Knight Dynasty's unpopularity after their first Shimmer show, Britani insisted it was only because of prejudice and Saraya shouted down any implications that their win was "controversial" (It would have to be specifically British prejudice since Ariel, who simply used the brass knuckles Saraya fumbled with, was Portuguese). Of course Britani earned her hatred at the Eagle's club, as the live crowd were initially very welcoming till she proclaimed her hatred for them.
Subverted in her NXT face run. She's still just as violent, dark and out to destroy "Barbies" on her way to the top as she was in FCW, she just has a charming smile for the fans now and mostly targets heels.
Face-Heel Turn: After losing to AJ at Battleground 2014, she attacked AJ after teaming up with her and winning a match, and now seems to be firmly set on heel. Arguably, though, she's been a heel the whole time since her Raw debut, and her naive face routine was only ever an act. It's all but been confirmed in the story arc now that the idea is that she knew exactly what she was doing on the night after Wrestlemania when she goaded AJ into putting her title on the line, just like when she pretended AJ was her friend after losing the belt to her.
False Friend: After AJ Lee reclaimed the divas' title from Paige, Paige acted surprisingly cool with it, declaring her admiration of AJ, cheering her on at matches, treating her with respect, and trying to buddy up to her in general. While Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler bought it, JBL suspected that it was an act and was eventually proven right on the July 21, 2014 edition of RAW when, after they won a match together, Paige called AJ into the ring under the pretense of celebrating together and instead beat an unsuspecting AJ down.
She's actually kept proclaiming her friendship for AJ since then. At one point, she attacked AJ after a match, putting her in hospital, but she kept calling AJ her friend even as she sat on the stage and watched medical personnel attending her.
Faux Affably Evil: Paige as a heel on the main roster, in stark contrast to her personality on NXT. She acts so sugary-sweet that it's obvious she's being insincere, and claims that she is her enemy's best friend despite attacking her right after or right before she says it.
Finishing Move: Currently uses a modified fireman's carry slam named the Paige-Turner and an inverted sharpshooter named the PTO (Paige Tap-Out) as her finishers. She also had a package DDT called the Ram-Paige during her NXT run, dropped it for a while after debuting on the main roster, but eventually added it back.
Five Moves of Doom: An odd collection but still present. Hair-pull slams, a series of knees to an opponent positioned over the middle rope, Fisherman's Suplex, kick to the gut, Paige-Turner.
Foe Romance Subtext: With AJ, given that AJ seems to like calling her "my sweet little crumpet." Paige has played into it, too, saying things like, "I still love you!" and "We belong together! ...In that ring!" (See also her entire speech in this video.) Their "frenemies" phase was full of Foe Yay, given how many insincere interactions they had. Their match at SummerSlam had a hell of a lot of this, mostly on Paige's part - slowly crawling up AJ's prone body and staying in that pose for a bit longer than necessary, hugging and kissing AJ (on the cheek) after beating her...
Foreshadowing: The trailer for SummerSlam 2014 ended with the voiceover saying "What goes around... always... comes back around" while Paige is on-camera. The match she had at SummerSlam was against AJ Lee for the Divas Championship, which Paige had lost to AJ a few months ago. In retrospect, the commercial seems to be hinting that Paige would win back her title.
Friendly Enemies: She claimed that her relationship with AJ was this (even calling AJ her "frenemy"). Officially learned more towards the "enemies" side when she attacked AJ after they won a tag-team match.
Her feud with AJ Lee seems to be playing her off as trying to be this but not being immune to getting in over her head with it. She debuted by seemingly accidentally goading AJ into underestimating her and giving her a free title match, enabling her to catch AJ by surprise and win the Divas Championship with her first wrestling move on the main roster. John Bradshaw Layfield would accuse her for months of having done this all on purpose, which AJ clearly believes as well, given that she returned the favor full-stop to take her title back when she returned nearly three months later is any indication. Paige practically confirmed this by trying to call AJ out on her attempt to reverse the table, but pretty much put her foot in her mouth by mentioning it in the first place as well as somehow presuming the audience would not want to see the match. Due to the entire Divas roster hating her and a few fans being skeptical that she deserved to win the title so quickly, Paige was susceptible to the audience's demands once AJ invoked them to catch her off guard, resulting in her relenting and subsequently losing the title.
In the aftermath of her defeat, Paige would take on a disingenuous Friendly Enemies shtick with AJ heading into match number three at Battleground, which AJ won again. Cue the next night's vicious attack by Paige to complete the two's Face Heel Double Turn, while still continuing the Friendly Enemy game to keep AJ on her toes for subsequent attacks. When they clashed for the fourth time at SummerSlam, Paige introduced a new sensuous-to-brutal-and-back side of herself which can be said to be similar to that of characters such as Goldust, deliberately designed to throw her opponents off their game. Paige would beat AJ to take the title back again that night. It's notable that through this whole phase AJ seems to be playing along with her games while still seeing through them, which leaves AJ playing catch-up more often than not; however, as AJ is the genuine cloudcuckoolander of the two, Paige seems to be getting closer and closer to a Villainous Breakdown every time AJ "reciprocates" her advances.
Subverted after she lost the Divas's Championship to AJ Lee; for weeks afterward, Paige seemed to be a Graceful Loser who had respect for AJ for beating her and even became AJ's friend, but it turned out that Paige was actually furious that AJ had taken the title from her. She eventually turned heel when she attacked AJ from behind to punish her for taking the title.
Hard Head: One of the few modern era Divas (or really, WWE performers, period) known to use headbutts.
Hell Is That Noise: When she's got someone caught up in the Ram-Paige (a Package DDT), especially during NXT, she'll… scream. And it is not a pleasant sound. She may or may not be trying to imitate the distorted screech at the beginning of her entrance theme.
Hello, Nurse!: In the documentary about her family, her mother says that putting her daughter's face on merchandise always sells and that people always flock to see her. She's also described as being signed by WWE instantly and a huge number of fans find her attractive.
Honor Before Reason/Idiot Ball: When a returning AJ Lee comes out to admit that Paige "slapped her back to reality" by taking the Divas Title from AJ and tries to congratulate her, Paige wastes no time in pointing out that this is the same "tactic" she used to goad AJ into a title match months earlier... and she still ends up being goaded into a title match herself and losing the title back to AJ by giving in to the fans' desire for a championship rematch.
I Have No Daughter: As Britani Knight, she was disowned by her mother for losing one match too many in their largely unsuccessful Shimmer (after debuting in Shimmer Saraya did okay individually but the Knight Dynasty lost as many tag team matches as they won and Britani won no individual encounters). Britani then turned around and disowned her mother.
Lady in Red: Switched from a purple outfit to an otherwise-identical red one at SummerSlam, and seems to be sticking with it.
Laughably Evil: While Britani could be very condescending and sometimes even a little nasty, she wasn't particularly competent in the arts of insults or dirty fighting (keep in mind the implications here, given the genrewe're discussing) and was prone to throwing temper tantrums.
Lonely at the Top: She didn't have many people in her corner during her first run as Divas Champion, and probably won't during her current run either.
Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Saraya and Britani Knight were tag-team partners as the heel team of the Knight Dynasty. However, their repeated losses - especially Britani's - frustrated Saraya, who blamed Britani for each loss... even when Britani lost because her mother refused to help her. Britani had had enough when, after she lost to Jessie McKay, Sweet Saraya disowned her as her daughter and slapped her. Britani in turn disowned Saraya as her mother and hit her back, prompting an impromptu brawl that required other wrestlers to step in to drag them apart. It's hard to classify it as a "betrayal" considering what happened, but her mother's mistreatment was certainly the catalyst of Britani's face turn and she did turn against her.
Mommy Issues Britani's feud with her mother, Sweet Saraya, at the end of Britani's SHIMMER run, has this trope inherently built into it. Few other daughters can say that they had a no-DQ match with their moms.
Ms. Fanservice: Since coming up to the WWE main roster, she's eschewed some of her "anti diva" ways and has partaken in some photo shoots and such
Mysterious Past: She invoked this trope in her first promo: "So many things the NXT Universe wants to know about Paige... but the less you know about me, the better."
No Sell: A variation. She has a tendency to only sell her face, despite being hit somewhere else. (Natalya was the same way.)
No Sense of Personal Space: Part of Paige's heel persona is that she has started getting touchy-feely with her opponents in the ring. Mostly with AJ, but on August 18, 2014's Raw, Paige also grabbed Natalya from behind, stood real close, and started whispering something into her ear while touching her face.
The Quiet One: Aside from her initial debut when she came out to congratulate AJ Lee, Paige really hasn't done any talking on the main roster. She was eventually put on commentary for a Naomi v. Alicia Fox match on the 6/23/2014 episode of RAW, but even then, she didn't say much, even with Cameron - who was also on commentary - constantly trying to goad her. Then again, Cameron was talking so much that Paige might have just given up on giving actual commentary on the match as a lost cause, in favor of watching the match and ignoring Cameron as much as she could get away with.
Rapunzel Hair: Her hair was initially just above her elbows when NXT started up. It has since grown out to below her waist.
Reality Ensues: So The Ace, a vicious, antisocial prodigy with a knack for beating down anyone she judges to be an acceptable target, debuts on WWE as the first female NXT champion and ends up taking on AJ Lee. She wins, and accomplishes four things at once: first, she becomes the first Diva to be both NXT Women's and WWE Divas champion; second, she becomes the youngest ever Divas champion; third, she prevents AJ from reaching the 300-day milestone; and fourth, she's the one to finally vanquish the widely-despised AJ. (Also add to this that night before, at WrestleMania XXX, they all had a shot at AJ's title in the form of the "Vickie Guerrero Invitational", and failed yet again.) As the champion, she brutally beats down everyone who goes up against her, and doesn't even attempt to make friends. So how do the Divas react to this triumphant young upstart who walked in out of nowhere, did everything they couldn't and hasn't even tried to fit in? They loathe her. The only real exceptions here are Naomi, who develops a mutual grudging respect with Paige, as the two match up rather well competitively speaking; and Emma, with Paige pointing to her as one of her friends in a WWE App promo.
Red Baron: In WWE and assorted properties, she has been nicknamed "The Anti-Diva", "The Mysterious Raven-Haired Lady", "Miss Hell in Boots", and "The Diva of Tomorrow".
The Rival: During their time in the FWA and WAW academies, Zak Zodiac and Britani spent a bit of time alternating between teaming up with and competing against their parents, ditto in Premier. During a crossover between FWA and WAW Saraya Knight wrestled the Norfolk Dolls to a time limit draw! For that matter, the Norfolk Dolls themselves alternated between teammates and opponents.
Jetta of the Legion Of Womb and International Home Wrecking Crew was a frequent opponent to Britani Knight individually, as one half of the Knight Dynasty and as half of the Norfolk Dolls.
Britani was one of the first obstacles in the career of London INC's Amazon and a recurring pest of the Decent Society's Blue Nikita.
Summer Rae, starting when she accidentally bumped into Summer (who was the ring announcer), and Summer attacked her for it. (In real life, they're best friends.)
Tamina Snuka, following Paige's taking the title off AJ Lee, but their feud ended after Paige beat her at 2014's Extreme Rules.
Alicia Fox was built up as Paige's new rival, but their feud ended after Paige beat her at Payback.
Next came The Funkadactyls. Of the two, Naomi was more on par with Paige in terms of in-ring ability and became her first Worthy Opponent on the main roster while Cameron was much more a nuisance who pissed Paige off more than anything. Paige's feud with them ended after Paige beat Naomi in a title match at 2014's Money in the Bank, when rising tension between the Funkadactyls causing the two to feud with each other rather than keep focusing on Paige.
(in SHIMMER): The Knight Dynasty, with her mother, 'Sweet' Saraya Knight.
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.
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 more once that they were anything but.
Wild Card: Is really only a face because the fans cheer for her. She's not exactly bosom buddies with the other face Divas.
Womanly Tears: Like The Miz before her, when she won her first big title, she pretty much broke character and burst into tears. Addressed in her backstage interview after winning, saying "Usually, Paige is very angry and stuff, but this is the most overwhelming experience of my life."