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WWE states Paige 'tested positive for an illegal substance' following second suspension

By Wade Sheridan
WWE states Paige 'tested positive for an illegal substance' following second suspension
WWE has responded to claims made by Paige and her father that her second suspension was because of doctor prescribed medicine she is taking for an injury. Photo courtesy of WWE/Instagram

STAMFORD, Conn., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- WWE is firing back at Paige who is claiming that her second wellness policy violation is due to doctor prescribed medicine.

"Saraya-Jade Bevis [Paige] tested positive for an illegal substance, not a prescription drug," the sports-entertainment giant explained Tuesday in a statement to The New York Post.

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"In addition, WWE is providing world-class medical care for her in-ring injury," they continued, seemingly responding to Paige's father, former wrestler Ricky Knight who claimed on Facebook Monday that Paige's injury was not being attended to properly.

"Ok here we go again yes i know about my daughters suspended once again she has not failed a drugs test," he wrote after it was announced that the Total Divas star would be suspended for 60 days.

"My daughter has had a long term neck injury which imo has not been dealt with. i have ask my daughter to return to UK For help with this injury as help and direction in the USA Has not been forthcoming imo. She has been in pain and out of in ring action for a fair while now and has been prescribed pain killers which apparently is against the wellness program," he continued.

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That same day Paige responded to her second suspension on Twitter writing, "Same [expletive] different day," she wrote. "Kids..Please don't get prescriptions or doctors notes. Not acceptable."

Paige had recently just served a 30-day suspension stemming from a wellness policy violation in August. She was suspended alongside her boyfriend and now ex-WWE performer Alberto Del Rio.

Del Rio's departure spurred rumors that Paige's time with the company was up however she refuted those claims on social media stating that she would return once her injury is treated and that she was originally suspended for missing a drug test as opposed to testing positive for banned substances.

According to WWE, the talent wellness program is used to address the health and well-being of its talent and is "administered independently by world renowned medical professionals and includes cardiovascular testing, ImPACTT, testing for brain function, substance abuse and drug testing, annual physicals, and health care referrals."

The wellness program also has a strike system meaning if Paige fails a third test, she will be terminated.

Paige was last seen on WWE television in June in a tag team bout featuring Sasha Banks, Charlotte and Dana Brooke.

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