Meet the first NXT Women’s Champion: Paige

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July 25, 2013

Last week, the WWE Divas Championship celebrated its five-year anniversary. It seems only appropriate that one week later, the WWE Universe is marking another historical moment in women’s history: the crowning of the first NXT Women’s Champion, Paige!

In one of the most highly anticipated matches in NXT history, Paige defeated Emma to firmly entrench her presence into WWE’s history books. WWE.com catches up with the “Diva of Tomorrow” and takes a look at her path to NXT Women’s gold.

See photos of Paige winning the NXT Women's Championship

WWE.COM: How does it feel to be the first Women’s Champion in NXT history?

PAIGE: To be the first NXT Women's Champion is such an honor. It’s so overwhelming that it hasn’t fully sunk in yet. Emma gave me a heck of a match and I have so much respect for her. We made history. I still can't believe I can say that I've made history in WWE. I cried and cried when I won it and the support from everyone has been crazy. I’m getting goose bumps and teary-eyed just talking about it.

WWE.COM: Your emotions are certainly understandable considering you come from a family of sports-entertainers. Tell us about that.

PAIGE: I was born into the business, literally. My mum was seven months pregnant with me before she realized it so she kept wrestling like normal up to that point. I guess it's safe to say I was wrestling as a fetus (laughs). I was always scared of wrestling before I started because I watched my family do it and saw the price they had to pay with injuries and all, but following in their footsteps always intrigued me.

One day my dad came up to me at a show and said that a girl had canceled last minute and that he needed a replacement. My dad already knew that I was half-capable of wrestling a match because my brother and I would wrestle at my dad’s training school during lunch breaks. He said I wouldn't have to do much because there were seven other ladies in it. I said “Yes,” walked out of the curtain and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Check out all of Paige's NXT photos

WWE.COM: So your parents, siblings, grandfather and nephews have all been trained inside the ring. What was that like for you?

PAIGE: It was amazing. What better way to learn an amazing craft than from people you love and trust completely? My family had a strong following so I was always in their shadow, which is understandable. But I wanted to make a path of my own and make my family proud in the process!

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